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Warning From Former Star Pacer Before T20 World Cup
Warning From Former Star Pacer Before T20 World Cup
Warning From Former Star Pacer Before T20 World Cup
Cricket Warning From Former Star Pacer Before T20 World Cup

Warning From Former Star Pacer Before T20 World Cup

T20 World Cup: India was defeated by Australia in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series at the IS Bindra Cricket Stadium in Mohali despite having set a lofty target of 209. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0/52) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/42) were among the Indian bowlers who made significant run leaks as Australia easily reached the goal target.

Notably, Umesh Yadav made two significant wickets on his return to the T20I lineup despite also going for runs, and Axar Patel grabbed three wickets. Former India pacer RP Singh concluded from his analysis of the game that the Indian bowlers did not carry out their strategies.

“These aren’t great signs ahead of the T20 World Cup. When we didn’t do well at the Asia Cup, we thought it was because we didn’t have Harshal Patel and Jasprit Bumrah. Harshal Patel was there in the side for this game, but we still ended up on the losing side. It is also possible that even Jasprit Bumrah will be taken to the cleaners if he returns for the next two games,” Singh said on Cricbuzz.

“So, we shouldn’t expect our star player to return from injury and win the games. The management will have to utilise the players available because we are losing the games eventually. The performance of the Indian team is dipping as we get closer to the World Cup.”

Singh claimed that Indian bowlers never had the upper hand in the game.

“There was never a period during the Australian run chase where India were able to dominate. Australia kept on hitting boundaries at regular intervals while also taking singles consistently. Apart from that Umesh Yadav’s over where he picked up two wickets, there wasn’t a single over where the Indian bowlers made an impact. It isn’t a matter of skill, but maybe they weren’t able to execute their plan well,” Singh added.

Singh stated that management will need to make adjustments moving forward because the India bowling unit is once again being scrutinised.

“Also, when you are bowling wide yorkers, you can’t afford to have the point and the third man inside the circle. They will have to make major changes. Otherwise, India won’t be in the game at all if they have to defend a target of 150,” he added.

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