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Bowlers central to teams’ plan

india Updated: Feb 23, 2010 23:34 IST
Ravi Shastri

Bowlers will again be the key on Wednesday. The two sides are capable of chasing down any target and whoever applies pressure can get on top.

Ravindra Jadeja bowled a good line and has an arm ball, which comes at varying heights and pace, especially if you’re bowling second. His miserly spell pulled back South Africa at a critical time in Jaipur. Two man-of-the-match awards in 20 games is a good start to any career. He is a livewire on the field too. All he needs is to turn up with the bat.

India can invest in him for the 2011 World Cup as a bowling all-rounder even though a medium-pace multifaceted cricketer is still a desired option for the captain. India also need to unleash a few fresh fast bowling hopefuls. Sudeep Tyagi can do more than just carry a few drinks. It’s time the selectors weigh their choices about Sreesanth. It wasn’t funny how the tail-enders smashed him with impunity in Jaipur.

Between Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra, India need the support of a Tyagi or a young fast bowler. Otherwise, this Indian attack still looks heavily loaded in favour of spinners.

On a short square ground, India will also have to consider if a wrist spinner in Amit Mishra is the way to go or R Ashwin is allowed to cut his teeth in international cricket. India must look to wrap it up in Gwalior.

South Africa have a better attack but it’s been offset by some indifferent batting. They would rather have AB de Villiers come to the party. Hashim Amla too can’t be pulled out of a plane and then not pushed to the park. South Africa need him in this make-or-break match.