01 December, 2020

Bits And Pieces

India has the talent and the potential, but needs to fill some glaring gaps, both in its line-up and its approach

Bits And Pieces

INDIA'S plan must be to reach the semifinals. In '83, they did this comfortably. Who can ever forget Kapil Dev's assault on the Zimbabwe bowling after half the team was out for zip? His 175 that day ranks high in the annals of World Cup cricket. The key was his ability to inspire, an attribute the great allrounder never lacked.

But no team can rely just on inspiration; there has to be a plan. In the '83 final, India were outsiders and when the Windies dismissed them for 183 it looked all over. This is where the plan took over. Sandhu bowled Greenidge with an offcutter that broke back up the slope and then Richards was caught in the outfield. The plan was simple: get Greenidge and Richards and the rest will fold. So they did, but these days the entire scenario is more complex.

What are the strengths, and correspondingly the weaknesses, of the current Indian team? In my view, the Indians are long on batting but very short on bowling. I cannot see them curtailing a rampant West Indian team, or any other strong batting side, in the way they did at Lord's in...



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