Bowling concerns cloud India’s T20 World Cup chances: 1983 CWC winner raises doubts

May 2, 2024

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India’s chances at the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies have been cast into mild doubt following comments from a legendary cricketer. The 1983 World Cup winner Madan Lal has expressed concerns about the team’s bowling attack, suggesting it might not be strong enough to make them clear favourites.

Madan Lal raises doubt over India’s bowling line-up

Lal’s comments come amidst ongoing discussions about India’s squad selection for the tournament. While the batting lineup boasts established names like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, the bowling attack has raised eyebrows, particularly with the exclusion of some rising talents.

In a recent interview to Crictoday, Lal pointed said, “A strong pace attack is crucial for taking wickets and winning matches. [Jasprit] Bumrah is a proven wicket-taker and match-winner for India. It remains to be seen how Siraj will perform. Otherwise, India’s fortunes may rely heavily on Bumrah alone.”

He added: “[Hardik] Pandya also seems less effective recently. The team management appears to have taken a chance on him. The pace lineup looks like India’s Achilles heel in this tournament. Beyond Bumrah, the performances of Siraj and Arshdeep with the ball will be pivotal. I’m just not confident with this bowling lineup.” 

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This opinion adds fuel to the debate surrounding the bowling attack’s depth. While Jasprit Bumrah remains a world-class pacer, concerns exist about the form and consistency of other bowlers like Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Siraj.

Can Team India silence their doubters?

However, Lal’s comments shouldn’t be seen as a complete dismissal of India’s chances. The team has a strong batting line-up and a wealth of experience. The performance of fringe players and the ability of the bowlers to rise to the occasion will be crucial factors in determining India’s success.

Team India will be looking to silence their doubters and replicate their 2007 T20 World Cup victory. With the tournament kicking off in June, all eyes will be on how the bowling attack addresses the concerns raised by the 1983 champion.

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