“2nd time it happened in 12 months”
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt said that Team India have every reason to worry about their bowling after they haven’t won a single racket in World Cup T20 2022 semi-final with England. He pointed out that the same thing happened in India’s opening match of the T20 World Cup 2021 against Pakistan.
England won the match and invited India to the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final in Adelaide. The Men in Blue offers a competitive 168/6 across the board. However, Alex Hales (86* out of 47) and Jos Buttler (80* out of 49) added 170 games unbeaten – the record for the highest partnership at the T20 World Cup – as England progress to the final. with an overwhelming victory with 10 sticks.
Team India’s bowling has been under scrutiny since that listless performance in the knockout. When asked about the same thing, Butt said on his YouTube channel:
“Indian bowling is being talked about because the bowlers scored (nearly) 170 points in the semi-finals, but the pitchers couldn’t get a single racket. And this is the second time it has happened in 12 months. The alarm will obviously ring. At least fight and eat 5 to 6 points from the opponent and bring the game to an end. These will obviously interest people.
Prior to that, Pakistan knocked out Men in Blue by 10 goals in the first match of both teams in their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign. Chasing 152 in the game in Dubai, Pakistan went home with all 10 hits in hand as Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan took down half a century.
“Nothing can replace true speed” – Ravi Shastri wants Team India to prepare for Umran Malik
Sharing his thoughts on Team India’s bowling, former head coach Ravi Shastri said that the Blue Shirts are lacking a genuine rhythmic athlete.
He calls the New Zealand tour a good opportunity for young speedster Umran Malik to learn and improve. Explaining the importance of speed, Shastri told Prime Video:
“He’s one of the fastest pitchers in India and you’ve seen what happens in the World Cup where speed really beats the opponent, whether it’s Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah or Anrich Nortje .
“So there is no substitute for genuine speed. Even if you are defending small totals, so this is an opportunity for Umran, hopefully, he will learn from this exposure.
So far, Umran has played three T20I games for India, in which he has won two with an average of 56 and an economy rate of 12.44.