India’s bowling unit has been out of color in ODIs since 2020© AFP
The Indian cricket team was one of the favorites to win the ICC World Cup in 2019 due to its consistent performance in bilateral matches and other tournaments since 2017. Apart from the clout of India’s top three – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli – the Indian team had found match winners in its bowling arsenal. Whether it was the pacers or the spinners, they were all capable of turning the game in India’s favor with their skills. India had a great run in the tournament but lost to New Zealand in the semifinals.
India has won series against Australia and England at home and Sri Lanka outdoors since 2020. But they have also lost series to Australia and New Zealand. Be it a defeat or a win, the one thing that has remained constant is the Indian bowling unit’s inability to control the runs.
India has the unwanted statistical record of the team with the worst economy in ODIs since 2020. In fact, India is the only team with an average economy of more than 6 runs per over in this period.
Be it spinners or pacers, every Indian bowler has struggled for form during this period and this is not a good trend. If all goes according to plan, India will host the ICC World Cup at home in 2023 and will need its bowlers to perform well at home on the difficult circuits.
It should be noted that the Indian team is currently going through a transition period. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan are still here, but they are not getting any younger and the challenges of international cricket are taking their toll, and Kohli is a perfect example of that.
India may not have the punching power of yesteryear and in such a situation the role of its bowlers becomes even more important.
Topics mentioned in this article