So far so good, this is the story of Team India’s performance in the World Cup up till now. A lot the fans are not at all happy about the way our prime batsmen performed against West Indies. But then again MS Dhoni emerged as a savior and led the Team to victory.
Also, thankfully both of Indian pacers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav effectively attacked the West Indian top-order and paved way for India’s four-wicket win in the Pool B fixture at the WACA in Perth on Friday.
The impeccable show of Indian pacers Mohammed Shami (3/35) and Umesh Yadav (2/42) will prove to be a big morale booster in the days to come. Former Indian captain, commentator and an expert Sunil Gavaskar has appreciated the Indian fast bowling duo for their immaculate usage of the short ball.
He said “I dont think there has ever been a batsman who has been entirely comfortable with the short ball. Every batsman has had his own method to deal with it. The Indian bowlers used the short ball cleverly. Because they’re not very tall, it gets a height where the batsman actually feel that they can attack it and that’s where they’ve got their wickets.”
On the part of West Indies, the decision to bat first proved fatal. West Indian batsmen collapsed while facing the pace and bounce generated by Umesh and Shami. Both of them bowled so well that during their opening spell they claimed the crucial wickets of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin. Their bowling proved so deadly that West Indians were 35/4 in the 10th over, and ended up with a total of just 182.
Up till now, the Indian bowlers used to get criticism for not using the short balls effectively but on Friday it proved to be different story. Applauding the efforts of pacers, Gavaskar said “West Indian bowlers also bowled a lot of short balls but they went over the heads of Indian batsmen. The direction of the short ball is also very important and that’s where Shami and Umesh were very good.”
No doubt Team India has emerged as a very strong contender with four wins and a quarter-finals spot under their belt, but at the same time it has become imperative for Indian batsmen and bowlers to give consistent performance together as the battle from quarter final will be much intensified. Team India will now move to New Zealand for their next Pool B fixture against Ireland on Monday.
Hopefully the team’s management will take all necessary steps to ensure that all our players, batsman and bowlers give their 100% as everyone will try to outperform in the knock-out round to put their stake on the trophy.