Indian Bowling Department completely failed yesterday against Australia despite featuring world-class bowlers in the team. When Yuzvendra Chahal was being smashed all round at SCG byu Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and later Glenn Maxwell on Friday.
Virat Kohli often looked around the park to see if he had options to fill in for the leg-spinner. Kohli found none. Not just Chahal, Navdeep Saini was also having an off day and leaking runs. Kohli simply ran out of options.
With Hardik Pandya not bowling; he is recovering from a back injury, the team didn’t have an extra bowling option among its top-six batsmen, namely Dhawan, Agarwal, Kohli, Iyer, Rahul and Pandya.
While Agarwal and Iyer have never bowled in international cricket, Dhawan and Kohli won’t remember when they last bowled. With Rahul being the keeper, the Men in Blues are clearly thin on bowling resources.
Pandya admitted as much after the game, saying, “We have to groom all-rounders in the future to ensure more bowling options in the Playing XI. When I came into the circuit, I was not an all-rounder, but I worked on my game. Maybe we’ll have to find someone who has played for India and groom him. Maybe, we should look into the Pandya family!”
In the current team combination, the lack of a sixth bowling option is going to hurt India till the time Hardik bowls. “It is going to be difficult without a sixth bowler,” Pandya said.