BCCI Must Invest Time And Money In Improving India’s Bowling

Posted on March 22, 2012 in Sports

By Axay Shroff:

Virat kohli is emerging as a shining star and the future of Indian team. Many of us would like to envision that he could be the Tendulkar or Gavaskar of the new era. And looking at his record, it seems like he is going on a right track. India’s batting was always strong from the 1980s, as the team has given the world a number of talented batsmen — starting from Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and many more, as we all would like to hope, are to follow the list.

There are 3 Indians out of the 5 Top Century Makers in the history of test cricket.  Tendulkar is heading the lists in all formats of cricket. One of his most remarkable achievements was that he finished his remarkable 100th century in International Cricket against Bangladesh in the ongoing Asia cup. India has an in-depth batting line-up to thrash any team in the world. Everyone in the country celebrated the ‘Virat Victory’ against Pakistan, but a question continues to loom over the horizons of our recent celebrations — How did Pakistan score more than 300 runs? Why did Sri Lanka make 300+ runs in the last match of CB series in Australia? The only reason is poor bowling.

The fact is that we fail to produce bowlers who can raze the opposition. Virat Kohli obviously can’t score 100 all the time, and it isn’t something one can expect from any batsman. A usual trend in Indian cricket matches is that as a result of poor bowling, a lot of responsibility rests on the shoulders of the batsmen. In order to prevent the opposite team from taking advantage of this imbalance of burdens, we need to develop stronger bowling techniques. Unfortunately, though, there is only Anil Kumble from India in the list of the 10 Highest Wicket Takers in the world. Since we do not have bowlers who can be consistent, bringing the BCCI’s attention to this weakness of ours is a matter of immediate need. And this kind of training can only be carried out by making specific efforts to improve the overall bowling efficiency of India’s players. Bowling camps in order to constantly sharpen the bowling skills of the players must be conducted.  The Richest Board of the World should take initiative in calling former world class bowlers to interact with the aspiring bowlers of the country. For, the only way to remain Number One in world cricket is to give equal importance to all departments —batting, bowling as well as fielding.