India’s cricket team has been making significant strides in recent years, with a potent bowling attack that makes Indian team even stronger than before. This approach has allowed the team to build its Test team and resemble it in the 50-over format just in time for the World Cup 2023. India’s ability to field a full-strength XI was questioned during their second Asia Cup Super 4 match against Sri Lanka. However, they keep their new ball-bowling duo of Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj intact, substituting Axar Patel for Shardul Thakur.
India may face similar challenges during the World Cup at home due to dew frequently playing a significant role in the evenings and changing pitch characteristics from the first innings to the second. Bumrah, India’s spearhead, must be at his best on days like these when he brings early breakthroughs. Kuldeep, India’s lone strike option in the middle overs, must be confident in the World Cup. The six bowling options (Shardul/Axar) appear well-rounded, with another strike bowler in Siraj and Jadeja to offer the control.
With the World Cup 2023 approaching, Indian bowling is at its best
Due to the pace spearhead’s return and wrist-spinners revival, the attack echoed a hungry pack on two consecutive nights.
India is eager to end the ICC title drought
With the ball, India are starting to crank up the heat. Displays like the one against Sri Lanka on Tuesday can serve as a motivator by seizing every opportunity the opposition provides. As hope gradually grows before the World Cup next month, a team that appeared to be far from playing its best a week ago is now starting to mimic a starving pack eager to end the ICC title drought.
The Indian team achieved new heights
This team accomplished great heights despite having an excellent batting lineup because of a potent bowling attack that eliminates the impact of the environment. In a time when most nations are building their teams around their batters, India chose to do the opposite because they think bowlers win games in a format that favors the bat.
It is the framework upon which they constructed their Test team, and India resembled it in the 50-over format just in time for the World Cup.
India’s ability to field a full-strength XI
There were questions about whether India would field a full-strength XI for their second Asia Cup Super 4 match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Given the short turnaround and the fact that Pakistan only played on Monday, it would have been prudent to rest Jasprit Bumrah and replace him with Mohammed Shami.
But India was not in the mood to do that. Instead, they make a statement by keeping their new ball bowling duo of Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, who had only thrown five overs against Pakistan, intact and substituting Axar Patel for Shardul Thakur. They were ready to attack and kill.
The situations were perfect for Axar and Jadeja
Tuesday’s slow conditions, where the ball turned and grasped and caused India’s batters many issues, vanished when they bowled. Those circumstances were ideal for Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja. Instead, the intense downpours happened right before India’s innings ended, leaving them dealing with a soggy outfield and a pitch that had initially been two-paced but had since become much more batting-friendly.
At the World Cup 2023, dew will play a significant role
India may encounter these circumstances during the World Cup at home because dew continually plays a momentous role in the evenings, and the pitch’s characteristics change from the first innings to the second. In these situations, the fielding side needs to get the back of the opposition with the new ball before it softens, and spinners find it difficult to grip a wet one.
India needs Bumrah at his best
India needs their spearhead, Bumrah, to be at his best on days like these when he brings the early breakthroughs. India became accustomed to existence without the pacer, who became sidelined for a year due to injury. He also demonstrated what to work with him in the ranks on succeeding nights.
He caused significant problems for Pakistan’s top order by greeting Babar Azam with one that influenced out and narrowly missed the edge. Since they had no choice but to take any of the deliveries that bowled on leg and went with the angle, their two top left-handers hanged the bat, thinking it wouldn’t take the edge. Bumrah’s role against Sri Lanka was even more significant. He needed to assist the spinners as much as he could before they started.
Kuldeep must enter the World Cup with a high level of confidence
The middle-order was torn apart by Kuldeep’s wrist spin, just like in the game against Pakistan. Choosing a batter can be challenging for new players, and Kuldeep now has the freedom to attack more, thanks to a new-ball bowler. He must be confident in the World Cup as India’s lone strike option in the middle overs. He followed up a five-wicket haul against Pakistan with a four-fer on Tuesday.
The six bowling options (Shardul/Axar) appear well-rounded, with another strike bowler in Siraj, Jadeja, and Axar to offer the control they need, and Pandya, who can find seam movement and has occasionally reached speeds of 140 kph.
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