January 5, 2014

Indian cricket

India must prioritise finding match-winning fast bowlers

Harsha Bhogle is enthused by the grit that India's batsmen showed in South Africa, but is concerned by the weaknesses in their bowling, particularly the pace attack. Writing in the Indian Express, he says that the BCCI isn't doing enough to create an atmosphere for fast bowlers to flourish in.

This is a moment in history where Indian cricket has so much going for it, and the BCCI can take some credit for it, but far too many opportunities are wasted in chasing other priorities. Producing a team that can win away is a major priority. India have lost nine out of the last 10 Tests (I will insist it should have been 10 out 10!) in three different countries. That is a greater worry than a diminishing bottom line in a balance sheet. Umesh Yadav not playing, Munaf Patel disintegrating, Irfan Pathan vanishing, Sreesanth lost. These should be greater concerns than fighting for state associations to be put in their place or ensuring there are enough proxy votes.

Our choices determine our outcomes and if India's batting flourishes overseas, it might cover up cracks but till India makes it a priority to produce bowlers who can win matches, India will never be a major strength overseas.

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