Indian bowling looked ineffective in WTC final
Why did the Australia pacer appear hit at The Oval?
New Delhi. Only two days have passed in the final of the World Test Championship and Team India is completely on the back foot in front of Australia. In the two-day game, neither India’s bowling nor the noise of the bats of the big batsmen was heard. As a result, for the second time in a row, the crown of the World Test Championship seemed to be slipping out of India’s hands. While in this great match, Team India’s captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bowl first.
India landed with 4 fast bowlers. The grass and overcast conditions on the pitch were also in favor of India. Even then the quartet of pacers of Team India could not show amazing. Australia batted for one and a half days and scored 469 runs. After all, why the bowlers of Team India could not make an impact. Why Australian batsmen were able to score runs on extra bouncy oval wickets. Where did Team India miss? Is IPL the reason for Team India’s poor bowling? Looks like this after watching the game for 2 days. Because the wicket on which the Australian pacers destroyed the Indian top order in 2 sessions. On that, it took one and a half day for the Indian bowlers to dismiss Australia.
Workload management of bowlers is important
Somewhere its wires are connected to IPL. Most of the Indian players playing the finals of the World Test Championship reached England after playing the IPL for two whole months. Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, KS Bharat, Shubman Gill were part of the teams that played the IPL finals and reached England on 1 June. That is, immediately after such a long tournament, the players had to enter such a big match without rest. Still it is not that difficult for the batsmen. But, workload management is very important for bowlers.
Landed in WTC Final immediately after IPL
Immediately after playing 2 months of non-stop T20 cricket, Indian bowlers had to play red ball i.e. Test cricket and had to bowl long spells from 4 overs straight and this is the reason that after a point of time the Indian bowlers started showing fatigue and Australian batsmen took advantage of this.
Shami reached London at last
The Indian team landed in the WTC Final with 4 fast bowlers. It has Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur. All these four bowlers were an important part of their team’s bowling line-up in IPL 2023. Shami played 17 matches in IPL 2023, Siraj 14, Shardul 11. Umesh Yadav and Shardul did not even play some matches due to injury.
Fatigue appeared to dominate the Indian pacer
Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur had reached London about two weeks before the final. But Shami reached England on June 1 for the IPL final. Meanwhile no practice match was played. The effect of continuous bowling in the conditions that suddenly changed from the 4-over spell in the IPL to the Test was clearly visible on the first day on the Indian bowlers.
It was only after the second session that the knees of the Indian fast bowlers started turning. By the third session, the Indian pacers were starting to look tired and Australia’s batsmen took advantage of this and in the last 10 overs, Steve Smith and Travis Head scored runs at a run rate of 5.
On the first day, Irfan Pathan also made a tweet regarding this. He wrote, from bowling 4 overs regularly to bowling 15-20 overs a day is a big jump. That is, his gesture was also towards IPL.
Justin Langer also pointed out one thing during the commentary that in the last session, the knees of the Indian bowlers were seen to be more bent. It was clear that he was tired. This was the reason that the Indian bowlers could not take advantage of the Australian pace trio despite the presence of help in the pitch.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 09, 2023, 08:13 IST