The legendary Sunil Gavaskar feels senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s poor present on the dying overs is a “real concern” for India, going into subsequent month’s T20 World Cup.
Bhuvneshwar has leaked numerous runs on the dying in the previous couple of matches. His 16-run nineteenth over allowed Australia to drag off a document chase of 209 within the first T20I in Mohali on Tuesday night time.
“I don’t think there was too much dew. We didn’t see the fielders or bowlers trying to use the towel to try and dry their fingers. That’s not an excuse. We didn’t bowl well. For example, that 19th over… that’s a real concern,” Gavaskar stated on ‘Sports Today’.
“Somebody like a Bhuvneshwar Kumar goes for runs each single time, when he’s anticipated. In 18 deliveries he has bowled in three matches in opposition to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and now Australia, he has given away 49 runs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls a supply through the T20 cricket match of Asia Cup. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
“It is almost three runs per ball. Somebody with his experience and calibre, you expect he will give 35-36 runs in those 18 deliveries. That really is an area of concern.” The former skipper stated India haven’t been capable of defend good totals however hoped a fit-again Jasprit Bumrah’s return will strengthen the bowling division.
Bumrah has been out of motion for the reason that limited-overs collection in opposition to England in July earlier this yr as he was recovering from an outdated again damage.
“What we have seen in last few years is that it has been one of the areas where India have suffered. They have not been able to defend good scores,” stated Gavaskar.
Jasprit Bumrah was recovering from an outdated again damage. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
“Maybe when Bumrah is available in, it could be a totally completely different state of affairs as a result of he will get wickets on the high. India didn’t get these as we speak (Tuesday) as Australia acquired off to a flying begin.
“Having said that, it’s only the first match. Don’t forget, Australia are world champions. They are expected to do extraordinary things.” Former head coach Ravi Shastri additionally got here down closely on India for his or her “sloppy standard of fielding” within the first T20I.
Defending 208, Indian fielders dropped as many as three catches, together with that of Cameron Green (61 off 30 balls) and Matthew Wade (45 not out off 21 balls).
“If you look at all the top Indian teams over the years, there is youth and experience. I find the youth missing here and hence the fielding,” Shastri, who was within the commentary field, stated.
“If you have a look at the final five-six years, I believe this facet isn’t any match to any of the highest sides in relation to fielding. And that may hit badly in massive tournaments.
“It means that as a batting side you have to get that 15-20 runs game after game, because if you look around the field, where is brilliance? There is no Jadeja. Where is that X-factor?” Axar Patel was the primary offender as he dropped a regulation catch at deep mid-wicket to offer a life to Green when he was on 42. KL Rahul then did not seize an opportunity in long-off within the subsequent over.
However, the catch that proved expensive was that of Matthew Wade, who was dropped by Harshal Patel on his personal bowling within the 18th over when the batter was on 1.
Wade went on to attain an unbeaten 45 off 21 balls to take Australia residence with 4 balls to spare.
“What I was disappointed today with was the standard of fielding. I mean, it looks sloppy and I think you need a big upping of the ante when it comes to the fielding if you have to beat big sides in big competitions,” Shastri stated.
India will subsequent face Australia within the second T20I at Nagpur on Friday.