Shubman Gill Credits Middle Overs Bowlers for India’s Success in Men’s ODI World Cup
Shubman Gill praises India’s middle-overs bowlers for their crucial breakthroughs, explaining how their performance has been a game-changer in the World Cup.
India’s success in the 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup is greatly attributed to their middle-overs bowlers, according to opener Shubman Gill. Despite facing challenges like losing Hardik Pandya early and Bangladesh’s strong start, India managed a seven-wicket victory, primarily thanks to their middle-overs bowlers at the MCA Stadium.
Bangladesh had a promising start, reaching 63-0 in the first power-play. However, India’s middle-overs performance, led by spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav, was outstanding. They took five wickets and conceded just 126 runs, preventing the visitors from recovering, limiting them to 256 in 50 overs.
Gill emphasized the significance of India’s middle-overs bowling, saying, “The way our bowlers, especially spinners, have performed in the middle overs has been exceptional. It has truly changed the game for us. With the way Bangladesh’s openers were batting, we were initially looking at a score of 300-320, but our bowlers, especially the spinners, got crucial breakthroughs and maintained pressure on the batsmen.”
India’s fielding performance has also garnered attention, with wicket-keeper KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja making remarkable catches. Gill highlighted the team’s fielding standards and their commitment to enhancing this aspect. He mentioned that as cricketers, they understand that fielding is a vital skill and emphasized their continuous improvement in this area.
Gill, who contributed 53 runs off 55 balls, expressed his satisfaction with his performance after recovering from dengue, having missed the first two matches. “I felt disappointed when I was unwell and couldn’t seize opportunities, but it was gratifying to contribute to the team after returning to the field,” he concluded.