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Bowlers the key to India’s T20 fortunes
Hindustan Times
January 02, 2013
First Published: 00:50 IST(2/1/2013)
Last Updated: 00:52 IST(2/1/2013)

With the World T20 victory in South Africa in 2007, India's youth under captain Dhoni asserted itself for the first time. Since the seniors had chosen to stay away from the T20 format and the conditions in South Africa were alien to the young boys, the odds were stacked against Dhoni's team. But they came back victorious and began a new chapter in Indian cricket. India launched the world's richest franchise-based T20 league, which was a runaway hit with both spectators and players. Suddenly Indians were playing a lot more T20 cricket than other countries.

Reasonable doubt

Considering this, it was only reasonable to believe that the defending champions would do well in the following World T20 too. That didn't happen and we lost all our games in the Super Sixes in England. It was convenient to blame the unpredictability of the T20 format and move to the next World T20. Once again, India failed to win a Super Sixes game in the Caribbean. It was time to do a reality check of the quality of cricket played in the IPL. While our batsmen flourish, our bowlers were playing second fiddle to their more celebrated counterparts from other countries. This lack of teeth in our bowling department shows up the most in Tests and T20 cricket. While India's T20 woes kept piling up, Pakistan proved to be the most consistent side. The reason for their overwhelming success in T20 is their much superior bowling line-up. India may boast of a good batting unit, but if our bowlers don't step up, we'd continue to remain a mid-table team in T20s.

The writer is a former india Opener


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