‘It is necessary to play 8 bowlers to win’, Anil Kumble suggested to field 3 bowlers and these 6 all-rounders in the World Cup
Anil Kumble: Team India is currently playing Asia Cup 2023 in Sri Lanka, but the real mission of Rohit Sharma and company is World Cup 2023. It is known that World Cup 2023 is going to start from October 5 next month. India has also announced its 15-member team regarding this. However, former Indian captain Anil Kumble sees a major flaw in this team.
Anil Kumble enumerated the shortcomings
Anil Kumble said that since the 2019 World Cup, Team India is continuously missing one thing, but no work has been done regarding it. Kumble believes that Team India needs a batting all-rounder in One Day Internationals. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja are present in the team, but there should be a batsman in the top order who can also bowl. Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav all play as specialist batsmen.
no bowling option
While talking about Team India on ESPN Cricinfo, Anil Kumble said,
“A problem in the last World Cup that should have been addressed. I am talking about the ODI World Cup. That is, we need more all-rounders. Which was never paid attention to. You don’t have batsmen who can bowl and give you that kind of option. Bowlers who can bat well for you are a different thing. But if you have batsmen who can also bowl, it gives you depth in the batting order.”
If this statement of the veteran is taken into consideration, India will have to field with a total of 8 bowlers to win the World Cup. Which will include Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel and Shardul Thakur. Who can perform dangerously in batting along with bowling.
Anil Kumble mentioned Rohit’s words
Anil Kumble mentioned what Rohit Sharma said while announcing the team for Asia Cup and World Cup. Let us tell you that Rohit Sharma had said that you do not prepare such players overnight. On this Kumble said,
“Yes you have to prepare such players, you had four years. You have to give instructions to such players, I know Yashasvi Jaiswal can bowl leg break. But I have rarely seen him bowling in any match. Shreyas Iyer also bowls, but I have never seen him bowling.”
Anil Kumble also said about Rohit Sharma,
“Rohit used to bowl earlier, his shoulder has dislocated. I know he has a problem and will not bowl. Then who will he be? You need such options in the top batting order. If you have such an option in this line-up, then the ideal situation would be to bring Ravindra Jadeja at number 8, who currently comes at number 7.”
Sachin and Sehwag also contributed in bowling
It is noteworthy that Team India won its last ODI World Cup in 2011. During that time, there were many top order players in Team India, who could also bowl when the opportunity came. Top order players Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were seen bowling in the 2011 World Cup. At the same time, there were many all-rounder players in the team during that time, who were seen contributing a lot with ball and bat. Let us tell you that this showed depth in both India’s bowling and batting.
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