India’s bowling looked as if it was set for disaster, however things have simply turned around for the team at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. After a tri-series where the bowling was not on top form, there were some concerns about the team’s ability to bowl well in the World Cup.
The Indian team had to play without Ishant Sharma, the team’s most experienced bowler. Sharma was named as India’s best ODI bowler last year. In addition to losing Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had to stop play because of trouble with his ankle.
Mohammed Shami’s form in the tri-series was not particularly impressive, however, in the World Cup, his run-up has improved, and he is showing signs of the quality he had previously displayed in the 2013 Test against the West Indies.
Umesh Yadav has also improved noticeably since the tri-series, and Mohit Sharma has bowled excellently. He has joined in the ranks of the fast bowlers with speeds reaching up to 140km per hour at times. R Ashwin has also been another pleasant surprise, and seems to have developed a better style with far better accuracy.
With the poor performaces that were seen in the tri-series, MS Dhoni had the following to say: “We knew it would be slightly tough for us to turn it on, the reason being we’ll be here for four, four and a half months. We wanted to give palyers more opportunities in the tri-series to some extent.”
“There were quite a few players who were injured, also,” he said. “We kept the intensity a bit low during the tri-series. Still, we wanted to win. We pushed for the wins, but we are not able to get that. But at the same time, we knew with the World Cup right at the corner, this tournament was much more important to us, and we had to make sure people with niggles, they don’t come into the World Cup.”
There are many who feel that the tri-series this close to the World Cup was not the best idea for the Indian team.