It's not as if India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not haul his bowlers up sometime or the other during the last two series against Australia and Sri Lanka. But Thursday's blatant words that bowlers have to do their job and the batsmen do not have the sole responsibility of bailing India out stood out despite India's comfortable win over Bangladesh. The hosts managed to score close to 300 against a full-strength India.
The wicket was flat, but the reasons for alarm could have been the way the Indians bowled. Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra all strayed in line. The lack of discipline by the bowlers in line and length has been a trend in the last three months. On subcontinent wickets where the margin of error is very little, the bowlers need to bowl a perfect line and length.
Virender Sehwag, during the last series against Sri Lanka had defended the bowlers saying it was their opening pair of Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan who were playing well. But Thursday's show against Bangladesh hardly justified logic.
"It's high time our bowlers took the responsibility. They can't expect the batsmen to win matches for them everytime," Dhoni said after Thursday. "If we want to be in the number one spot, if we want to be consistent then we need to improve our performance in all departments, especially bowling."