Former India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel believes that India’s problem with no-ball can hurt them big time in the future and they need to work on it sooner than later.
On the second day of the test match, Jasprit Bumrah was denied a wicket after he shattered Nissanka’s stumps but the TV umpire found out that he overstepped.
In Sri Lanka’s first innings, India bowled a total of 8 no-balls. Since the beginning of 2018, they bowled a total of 199 no balls in Test cricket (till Sri Lanka’s first innings in the first test). Speaking to Cricbuzz, Parthiv Patel said that it’s definitely hurting them.
“It is definitely hurting them and it will keep hurting them. You will see that in crucial games if you get a wicket and it’s a no-ball, then that can change the game.(About number of no-balls) It’s quite a staggering stat. And we saw that they showed Paras Mhambrey when India bowled that no-ball but these are the same bowlers who have been playing under the previous bowling coach.” Parthiv Patel said.
“Jadeja definitely looked most lethal on this pitch”- Parthiv Patel
However, India didn’t find much difficulty as the Sri Lankan batsmen didn’t resist much against the quality Indian attack. Specially Jadeja looked unplayable with bowling in rough of outside off stump. Parthiv pointed out that his flatter trajectory also makes things tough for batsmen.
“Jadeja definitely looks like India’s most lethal bowler on this pitch. And even the pace at which he is bowling, it makes it even more difficult to play him. And that is Ravindra Jadeja’s strength, that the odd ball turns.
“It’s not like every ball is turning. And that makes it very difficult to play the one that goes straight,” Parthiv Patel said
“I also feel that he uses his trajectory to force the batters back. When the ball is flighted, a batter can try to play on the front foot, but Jadeja bowls it so quick, it forces the batter to play on the back foot.
“So when the ball stays low, it’s definitely difficult. He can also finish as the highest wicket-taker in this match,” Parthiv Patel stated.