eye on wc

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Mar 2018 10:38:15

WITH the first tour abroad under Kohli a near total success, both on the performance of the batsmen and bowlers, the team management, coaches and selectors have now set their eyes on the World Cup due next year. While the batting side seems to be getting settled, the selectors and coaches are in the process of finding out credible back-up strength for the fast bowlers. During the tour of South Africa two spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldip Yadav gave stellar performance to match that of the medium pacers. Hence the choice for the spinning spot seems to be getting settled to some extent, it is the fast bowlers’ slots that the selectors and coaches are looking to buttress. Not that there is worry on this front. On the contrary it is the surfeit of choices in this department as well that makes the task of the selectors and coaches somewhat tricky. And that is a happy postilion for any team. 

For Indian cricket never before in the past such a surfeit of fast bowling talent was available as is the case today. Fast bowlers are emerging from various regions of the country and making their mark even on their international debut. There are so many who are waiting to get into the national team at some time or other. This keen competition among the bowlers makes the choice very difficult for the selectors. Besides, the IPL window has done a lot of good to the confidence of the domestic players as they rub shoulders with top class international players and gain rich experience.

Fast bowling international greats have begun to take note of the emergence of the rich Indian pool of fast bowlers. They concede that this Indian team can pose formidable challenge to any team anywhere in the world and this has been proved during the recent tour of South Africa. Any team that has the capacity to take 20 wickets in a Test match surely has the potential to pose a challenge to any team. Hence the forthcoming tours of England and Australia would give the Indian team the opportunity to put its stamp of authority on international cricket.

The emergence of credible fast bowling option adds pep to Virat Kohli’s aggressive style of captaincy and he has been using this potent weapon to great effect as also the spinning skills of his spinners. However, former Australian great Steve Waugh has a word of caution for Virat’s aggressive style. He hopes that it will moderate with experience and passage of time. It is in this regard that the presence of the coolness of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the shorter formats of the game provides a calming down effect so essential to achieving balance and taking decisions on the field in an unruffled manner, a hallmark of MSD.