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Men’s ODI WC: Bowling attack gives India a chance, says Michael Atherton
Men’s ODI WC: Bowling attack gives India a chance, says Michael Atherton

Mumbai, Nov 13: India’s dominant performance in the preliminary league of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 is largely due to its bowling unit which has put the opposition under pressure in every match.

Of course, the top batters comprising Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul have been brilliant on their days, It is the bowlers that have helped India finish the league phase unbeaten, with nine wins in nine matches. This is the first time India has managed this in the World Cups.

Among the Indian bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah (17 wickets at an average of 15.64), Mohammed Siraj (12 wickets at 28.83), Mohammed Shami (16 wickets at 9.56), Ravindra Jadeja (16 wickets at 18.25), and Kuldeep Yadav (14 wickets at 22.28) have all excelled across conditions.

India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey said the bowling unit is a complete package and capable of excelling on any surface.

“In terms of the different skills, we have the ability to [take on] whatever challenge that is ahead of us,” Mhambrey was quoted as saying by the ICC in a report on its official website.

“Maybe different surfaces, we have the bowlers to do that. And we’ve done it. We’re the only team who played in nine different venues. So for us, it’s nine different surfaces, nine different challenges,” Mhambrey told the ICC.

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