Dubai: Legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has said that the Indian bowling attack is more ‘dependent’ on Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya besides finding the right balance in the ongoing T20 World Cup by including a spinner. ) should bowl a few overs.
Indian bowler failed against Pakistan
Indian bowlers could not take a single wicket in the opening match of the tournament against Pakistan. With this, Pakistan openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam comfortably chased down the target of 152 runs to register a 10-wicket win, their first win over India in a World Cup match.
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‘More dependency on Bumrah’
Muttiah Muralitharan wrote in his column in the ICC, ‘The team I am concerned about with regard to bowling is India. Jasprit Bumrah is the ‘match winner’ but he seems to depend more on him in the bowling aspect.
‘Ashwin gets a chance’
India had given three pacers a chance against Pakistan but Muralitharan feels skipper Virat Kohli can consider adding Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing and also get a few overs from all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who Played completely as a batsman in the first match.
‘Hardik also bowls’
Muttiah Muralitharan said, ‘He can play a leg-spinner in the team or maybe Ravichandran Ashwin. With this, one can also depend on Hardik Pandya to bowl with two fast bowlers.
‘It is important to pay attention to the balance’
Muttiah Muralitharan has 800 wickets to his name in Test cricket and 534 wickets in ODI cricket, he said, ‘It is just to find the right balance instead of over-dependence on Jasprit Bumrah.’
Pakistan defeated 2 strong teams
Muttiah Muralitharan said, ‘However, as far as being in excellent condition is concerned, I think Pakistan is looking good as they have defeated two strong teams India and New Zealand in their group.’
Murali praises Pakistan team
Muttiah Muralitharan said, ‘He has a lot of talent, which has always been there but like the West Indies, he has had some bad days in the past in which he played very poorly.’ The 2009 champions Pakistan has not yet faced defeat in the current tournament.
‘Pakistan team is looking different’
Muttiah Muralitharan wrote, ‘This team looks different. I don’t know where the rhythm has come from, but he is in rhythm and his bowling attack is world class. He also believes that the appointment of former Australian opener Matthew Hayden as batting coach has helped Pakistan a lot.