Better late than never for Mishra

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 28, 2014 08:22 hrs

India have been on a roll in the ICC World Twenty20. It is their bowling, especially the leg spin of Amit Mishra, which has been the outstanding part of the campaign so far. He has hardly got the opportunities that he should have but better late than never.

More Columns

Ravichandran Ashwin, also smarting under the question marks about his bowling, has bowled craftily and ensured that runs have not been easy and Ravindra Jadeja has the hand of God over him as he keeps picking wickets even though he may concede a few more runs in doing so.

It is the new ball which still has not fired as it should, but then in their defence it’s got to be said that the pitches are hardly conducive to their type of bowling.

India also has seen at least one of its openers bat for the greater part of the overs, and that means that the when the big hitters come in to bat they have wickets in hand to go about bashing the bowlers.

The Indian batting has not been tested so far as the bowlers have restricted the opposition, so the asking rate has not been over seven runs so far, and that does not put pressure on the batsmen unless there is an early fall of wickets.

The one area that they know they have to tighten is the fielding where they have missed some chances and have not thrown the ball as flat as it should be. It is still one of the best fielding units that India has ever had and the agility and speed of some is quite breathtaking.

Bangladesh have a huge task ahead of them as they look to win a game and give their adoring followers something to cheer about. What has been disappointing is that they have hardly been in the game and have lost quite easily. They need to bat, bowl and field better to stretch India who are looking a world class side.

The T20 format does put enormous pressure on the batsmen but most have been out even before they have been in, and with no partnerships worth the name, they have struggled to put up a decent total on the board.

With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Bangladesh would be well advised to just go out and have fun. In doing so, they may actually be able to play the winning game that their followers are waiting for.


More from Sify: