World Cup 2015: India March 23, 2015

India will miss a left-handed quick - Dawes

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Umesh Yadav is no Wahab Riaz, says Joe Dawes © Associated Press

India's fast bowlers are on a roll but they may not have the same impact on Australia's batsmen as Wahab Riaz had, Joe Dawes, the former India bowling coach, has said.

The left-handed Wahab tested Australia's top order, especially Shane Watson, with a menacing spell in the quarter-final in Adelaide, exposing their vulnerability to short deliveries bowled at pace, a weakness India would have taken note of, Dawes said, but India's lack of a left-armer in their ranks might work in favour of Australia.

"They'll be doing their homework and will give it a crack. Fletch [Duncan Fletcher] is a pretty astute coach, he'll be watching all of these things and he'll look to try and bring that in somewhere and give it a whirl," Dawes told Sydney Morning Herald. "But the left-hander is a big advantage and that's where the Indians don't have anyone with real pace, or any left-hand bowlers here at the moment."

The 42 wickets shared between India's pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma is one of the prime reasons for India's unbeaten run in the tournament. Dawes said that one of them could attempt simulating a left-armer's angle by bowling round the wicket.

"No doubt they'll try that. [But] around the wicket is going to be a bit harder than just having a left-hander there," he said. "They will have watched that and will give it a go, and Umesh has definitely got the pace to do it but he's not an overly tall man so that sort of changes the trajectory and the bounce. The left-armers are proving to be quite difficult throughout the whole tournament, aren't they?" 

India's bowlers will also have to overcome the "psychological damage" they endured during a tough summer. India lost the four-Test series 2-0 and were unable to make it to the finals of the tri-series that features Australia and England.

"During the Test series they really struggled for consistency," Dawes said. "They bowled some good balls, then really let the pressure off. It looks like maybe adapting to the conditions and getting their lengths right they've really improved their consistency so they're building pressure now.

"MS [Dhoni] leads them well in one-day cricket and they've sort of got on a roll. I still think under pressure they'll be tested. I'm not sure they've been tested a great deal under pressure yet.

"That's going to be the real challenge in a semi-final against Australia, where there is that little bit of no doubt psychological damage over the summer where they've been hit around a bit."

The turnaround kicked off with India's win against Pakistan in the opening match. Since then, they have dismissed every opposition en route to the semi-final, a feat they had never achieved in the past.

"I think they have got the tools to hurt any side, it's just whether or not they can be consistent enough to put the ball in the right area on the day, which they have and haven't done throughout the summer."

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  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2015, 12:09 GMT

    Sure India does not have a Left arm quickie but are you missing a point here. Australia do not have spinners in the squad. The pitch is without grass and has been covered because of rains. Pitch is not going to be dry. It is going to be soft and it is going to aid slow bowlers than fast bowlers. Purchase for fast bowlers from the pitch is going to need some real skills. If India played like they played against SA chances of them winning are more.

  • rajnish on March 25, 2015, 7:52 GMT

    If Indian batsmen play even 90% to their potential and Indian bowlers remain disciplined, India will beat Australia and win the World Cup again. Newzealand may be exposed on bigger grounds.

  • rajnish on March 25, 2015, 7:46 GMT

    When India lifted World cup in 1983, India played with right arm bowlers Kapil Dev, Madan Lal, Mohinder Amarnath, Roger Binny, Balwinder Singh Sandhu and Kirti Azad. Traditionally India produced right arm medium fast bowlers and right handed batsmen till long period. It was Ajit Wadekar, Eknath Solkar earlier, And later on Sourav Ganguly, Zaheer Khan,Yuvraj Singh, Amay Khuraria, Devang Gandhi, Irfan Pathan, R.P. Singh emrged and made good impact on the Indian cricket. But Indian bowlers Shami, U. Yadav and R. Ashwin know well how to bowl to left handed batsmen and Indian batmen have faced enough of world class left arm bowlers and scored against them. More over don't under estimate R. Jadeja who can surprise Clarks , Smiths and Watsons.

  • Venkata on March 25, 2015, 0:44 GMT

    Mr Dawes. Thanks for your cries. Honestly I am surprised that all of the Australian energy is focused on what India should do. And you know what they are happily enjoying the moment by playing football and all such sorts leaving you guys to lecture and make headlines. The bottom line is Aussies are spending sleepless nights over this semifinal, which they know by now that they have a 50% outside chance to beat India. Trust me if it was not India, they would in India's position or shoes by mow and worry for nothing in the universe. Let me be also clear after watching NZ vs SA match, which was a real eye opener and a beauty with absolutely no sledging or abuse of any kind. it was pure cricket. And If AUS can do that tomorrow that is more than enough for India to beat them. So AUSSIES play fair cricket if you can and win the match if you are true champions. And that is all India needs, rest all the skills they already have and they more than what you have.

  • Ralf on March 24, 2015, 19:18 GMT

    I was not happy with BCCI for removing Joe Dawes abruptly. It seems they know very well why they did it and didn't give reasons publicly to give a dignified exit to him. Now I am more at peace with his removal based on his comments and acumen.

  • Ralf on March 24, 2015, 18:57 GMT

    I hear Aussie players giving advice to Indian players for the past two days. If they are interested in a coaching job, they should apply with their resume through BCCI web site and e-Mail. The Aus team seem more worried about Indian team than the Indian team and coaching staff themselves. No media interview by Indian players where as the Aus players seem to be practicing only media interviews.

  • Ralf on March 24, 2015, 18:50 GMT

    We (India) are not favorites against Australia. They have an edge in all rounders and bowlers who are consistent. Our bowling is the weak point yet. Aus will try to attack them from the outset to break them mentally. Someone will do what Ricky Ponting did to a good bowling attack led by Zaheer in 2003 final. If India can handle that then we have a chance. But going by prior record, home condition, team balance etc.. Aus are favorites. This is fine. We should be happy that our team turned around and came this close. Win will be a bonus for this young team.

  • Dummy on March 24, 2015, 18:04 GMT

    Indian bowlers need to try something spectacular to add to their gas to take 10 wickets.Without Riaz-like bowler they will concede a void.We do have test match bowlers though.

  • Raman on March 24, 2015, 16:59 GMT

    On paper, Indian bowlers appear better performers, but they are just ordinary compared to Johnson, Starc and Faulkner.

  • Kartik on March 24, 2015, 10:38 GMT

    Just having a left arm seamer doesn't mean that there is an automatic advantage. Look at what happened to Wayne Parnell in his appearance against India. He was belted and after that it was Kyle Abbott, a right arm seamer, who became a regular fixture for the Saffas. Agreed, the angle created by left arm seamers bowling across right handed batsmen makes it very hard to avoid bouncers, but Indian right arm seamers have successfully used the bouncer against nearly every team they've faced in the World Cup.

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