Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes is surprised yet awed with the Indian rocking the bowling alley attack in the World Cup which has been significant in the shielding champions’ four successive wins in Pool B.
Such exact and efficient have been the Indian bowlers, seamers and spinners alike that they have rocked the bowling alley out every restriction in all the four matches yet.
“Everybody knows how strong India’s batting line-up is however there was wariness about the Indian rocking the bowling alley attack on how they, particularly the seamers, would do in Australia. What has amazed me is the control with which they have knocked down some pins in those conditions as they have empowered the group to put the restriction under weight,” Rhodes told IANS in a meeting from Cape Town.
I have been surprised with the ability of the pace attack. Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma and the others are bowling quick with accurate direction;generally the ball can go over the limit, particularly in powerplay overs. The bearing of swing has been the key too,” included the South African, who is a World Cup expert for Yahoo Cricket.
Expounding further, the 45-year-old, frequently viewed as the best fielder ever, said what has clicked for India is the offset of the side.
“I like the balance of the Indian group who have five expert bowlers which can have a major effect. Additionally, India have been one of the stand out fielding team in the World Cup,” included the former right-handed batsman.
“They have good spin bowlers who have done amazingly in Australian conditions. In the interim, the quick bowlers have bowled really straight and haven’t given width whatsoever. They have been noteworthy, having possessed the capacity to contain runs and take wickets on great batting tracks.”
India have now beaten Pakistan, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the West Indies on the run to fit the bill for the quarterfinals. All the while, India won their eighth match in succession in World Cups which measures up to their past longest Cup streak in 2003.
“The First two weeks of the competition were focussed on India performing so well, particularly after their tough tour of Australia. They have possessed the capacity to return and convincingly beat Pakistan and South Africa in the space of a week, tailing it up with Victory over the United Arab Emirates and the West Indies,” Rhodes concluded.