“174 Runs In 14 Overs”: Bowlers Struggling, Batters Bashing Big For Men In Blue

Team India need a tactical and imaginative approach to resolve the run flow

Arshdeep Singh bagged two wickets in the first over. South Africa lost three wickets inside the power play overs. It looked like another batting collapse for the Proteas. However, it was not to be in the Second T20I in Guwahati. David Miller and Quinton de Kock toyed with the Team India bowling. They added 174 runs in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership to guide them to an impressive 221/3 in 20 overs. This was in reply to India’s 237/3 while batting first. 

 

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This batting display led to debates among Indian fans. They feared the quality of the Indian bowling. Statistically‌, some of their concerns are true. India is one of the worst performers in terms of death bowling. All the pacers are found leaking too many runs in the crucial overs. As the T20 World Cup is fast approaching, India needs to find an immediate answer to give them a good chance to win the trophy. 

Why India is failing in death overs?

South African bowlers were miserable in the last overs. They bowled too many full tosses, and it made the Indian batter’s job a lot easier. However, Indian bowlers repeated the same mistake. Due could have been a factor. Guwahati, being a batting wicket, also did not help in India’s case.  

One aspect the Indian team needs to look at is changing their plan according to the game situation. In cricket, it is all about assessing the opposite batters and their mindset. Fixed plans probably do not work in all cases, and it is always good to have backup plans. However, Indians are found to be more conventional in their bowling approach, going with a fixed mindset. 

Meanwhile, most batters have a flexible mindset. So, they can convert the balls to their hitting zones. In recent games, Indian bowlers are finding bowling more on the hitting arc. This is one major issue, India can give a look at before the World Cup.

Can the team bounce back?

For India, it has never been a question about talent. Indian pace quartet of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar, and Harshal Patel have the experience of pulling off when it matters.

Cricket is all about execution and adding variety. If Indian bowlers are a bit more imaginative and creative, they can deliver better results. Because they have done that in the past and they can do it in the future too if they try.

 

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