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Chinks in India's bowling armoury

Sachin's comeback may ring alarm bells in Oz camp but India need to plug loopholes.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2006 19:56 IST
Jaishree Balasubramanian (Press Trust of India)
Jaishree Balasubramanian (Press Trust of India)

Sachin Tendulkar's return to prime form on his comeback may ring alarm bells in the rival camp but India desperately need to plug the bowling loopholes when they take on Australia in the DLF Cup cricket tri-series on Saturday.

Tendulkar cracked a scintillating unbeaten 141 in the first match against the West Indies, not only proving that he had plenty of cricket left in him but also silencing his detractors for at least some time.

The Mumbai batsman gave glimpses of his sublime form of yesteryears by blasting 13 boundaries and five sixes during his knock which is bound to leave the Australians, who have been at the receiving end of his fury on a number of times in the past, a trifle worried.

While Tendulkar's return to form after an injury-induced layoff of nearly six months is heartening news for the Indian camp, the form of the frontline bowlers is a worrying factor for the team.

After being done in by the Duckworth-Lewis method in the rain-hit match against West Indies, who were declared winners by 29 runs, the Indians will be under more pressure now.

Rahul Dravid and his men may feel that they were distinctly unlucky to lose the match after scoring 309 for five and considering that the West Indies had collapsed like a pack of cards after a solid start against Australia, but they have no option but to put the defeat behind them and focus on the next game at the Kinrara Oval.

First Published: Sep 15, 2006 15:06 IST