Ashwin justifies India’s bowling concerns ahead of the T20 World Cup


The Indian team have arrived in Australia after winning two back-to-back T20I series at home.

But, their poor bowling performance still has many issues that need to be resolved immediately before the mega event.

For starters, India will open their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on the 23rd of October in Melbourne.

India have rather big shoes to fill especially their pace department after the news of Jasprit Bumrah.

Similarly, Ravindra Jadeja is also not available for the big tournament as he has been struck by a knee injury.

BCCI have yet to name a replacement for Bumrah but many experts feel that Shami fits the bill.

While addressing a press conference, Ashwin has given his justifications for the same.

Said Ashwin,

Look we can get caught up with what happens in T20 games and in bilateral series back at home.

Adding further, he said,

It’s only fair to say the bowlers are getting hit around the park but we also need to understand the boundaries are very close to the 30-yard circle in India. When we come to Australia, the boundaries are far bigger, gives the bowlers a bit of license to work with.

India’s bowlers did not have much time in the middle this year because of which they did not perform well against South Africa.

On two occasions, India have conceded over 200 runs in the three T20Is during this series.

Ashwin also said that the key factors for India would be to understand the conditions in Australia and taking calculative risks.

Said Ashwin,

It’s also very important to understand these conditions, the lengths you have to bowl and be brave enough to take those 50-50 options in these places.

Adding more the spinner said,

It’s a completely new experience, just start fresh, start the book completely new.

In some good news for India, they have started off well in the first warm-up match against Western Australia today where Arshdeep Singh conceded only 6 runs and took 3 wickets while Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded 26 runs and got 2 wickets.

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