31 October, 2020

Shades Of Mediocrity

Selectors are to blame for our abysmal bowling. Bowlers aren't trying hard either.

Shades Of Mediocrity

IN my entire cricketing career, I have not seen the Indian bowlers so badly exposed and mauled as they were in the two-Test series in Sri Lanka. Though the problem is one of bad selection, it was compounded by the inability of the bowlers to display any creativity or fighting spirit whatsoever, which was imperative to escape this quicksand of mediocrity. When in a rut, one has to experiment, often boldly, but our bowlers were content in maintaining their line and length. The Lankans must have enjoyed the batting practice the Indian bowlers gladly gave them.

To check the rot, the selectors must first get rid of their mental block of picking players by reputation. A more pragmatic approach is the need of the hour. For example, teams have to be tailor made for a particular tour. Take the Sri Lanka case. Though it is clear that the pitch and weather conditions on the island are conducive to spin, the selectors showed no inclination to tilt in favour of spinners. What's worse, we keep labelling Kumble as a genuine spinner, which he definitely...



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