Former Indian spinner Erapalli Prasanna feels that it would tough for the Men in Blue to progress beyond the quarter-finals of the ICC World Cup 2015 with the bowling line-up they possess. Prasanna expressed that lack of a genuine leg-spinner in the squad will make India’s quest of defending the title even harder than it already is.
During an interview with PTI, Prasanna said:
“It remains to be seen how many spinners feature in the playing XI. I wish there was a leg-spinner in the squad so there was a combination of a leg and off-spinner. But unfortunately that option is not there.
“Anyway the biggest concern for the team is bowling. Unless and until they finalise the combination of pace and spin, it will be extremely difficult for the team to progress beyond the quarter-finals. The format is such they should at least reach the last eight.”
Prasanna also feels that R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel will find it tough to spin the ball enough to leave the bat in these conditions.
“If you look at the way they (Patel, Ashwin, Jadeja) bowl, they all are bringing the ball in… To me, Patel and Jadeja are the left-arm leg break bowlers. It is unlikely they will turn the ball enough to leave the bat. It is not a natural leg spin option they have.
“A right-arm leg-spinner with the use of his wrist will always turn the ball away more than left-arm spinners. With the spinners we have, it is impossible to take the ball away like a leg-spinner,” Prasanna added.