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Spotlight on the Indian bowlers

With Mahendra Singh Dhoni declaring he would persist with seven batsmen, the focus during Sunday's match against Ireland was on his bowlers. The spotlight in the coming days will stay on them if the India skipper sticks to his stand.

cricket Updated: Mar 07, 2011 00:52 IST
Atreyo Mukhopadhyay

With Mahendra Singh Dhoni declaring he would persist with seven batsmen, the focus during Sunday's match against Ireland was on his bowlers. The spotlight in the coming days will stay on them if the India skipper sticks to his stand.

Hindustan Times takes a look at how the bowlers fared against Ireland and on what can be expected in the next few weeks.

Munaf Patel
Did not look bad in the one over he got with the new ball, bowling full to get some swing, and beating the outside edge too.

Was erratic to an extent when he came back, bowling far too many down the leg to ease the pressure on the batsmen. He didn't get enough overs to show whether he was good or bad.

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Yusuf Pathan
Brought in as first change in the fourth over, he did a good job initially, considering that he hardly bowls during the power play periods.

Not a big turner of the ball, he kept it straight and flat, giving batsmen no room.

The line was middle-off, there were few short balls and the economy rate was more than satisfactory.

Pathan started conceding runs later, indicating he is more comfortable in a part-time role.

Harbhajan Singh
Another spinner to come on when the fielding restrictions were on, he had a decent outing. Bowling against two left-handers without protection in the deep, he maintained a consistent line and did not offer width at all.

Piyush Chawla
The most unimpressive bowler of the day from either teams. Picked ahead of offie R Ashwin because of Ireland's perceived weakness against leg-spin, Chawla rarely got his act right.

The pitch did offer some turn, but he strayed on either side of the wicket and struggled to bowl straight against the left-handers.

Yuvraj Singh
Don't get flattered by his figures, but he did a good job indeed. Taking the pace off the ball as much as he could and bowling as straight as possible, Yuvraj was difficult to get away.

He got a couple of wickets with loose balls, but it had something to do with the pressure he created by bowling a number of accurate deliveries.