Mahendra Singh Dhoni was disappointed with the performance of his bowlers in the Jaipur ODI where India escaped with a win after having had South Africans on the back foot. Some callous bowling by the team in the last few overs had brought South Africans at the doorstep of victory. In the end the match seems more like a South African loss than an Indian victory much to the concern of the Indian team management.
The Indian team has been doing well in the last couple of years in all forms of the game. In the 50 over version of the game the team has achieved phenomenal success in in the recent past, thanks to it's batting poweress. But if there is one loose end that the Indian team would like to tighten it is in their bowling department. Inconsistency is the word that truly defines Indian bowling and it has become a worrying factor for the Indian team.
India vs South Africa, 1st ODI- Scorecard
Bowling at the death has become a major issue for concern for the team management. The team has lost many matches in spite of scoring heavily in the first bowling due to the bowling. In the recent bilateral series against Sri Lanka and the tri-nation tournament in Bangladesh the weakness in the Indian bowling was exposed. The almost lost out on a match after posing a massive 400 runs plus score in one of the ODIs.
The team heavily depends on it's batting thanks to the presence of players like Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and captain MS Dhoni among others. The Indian team which is one of the favorites for the 2011 Cricket World Cup seems to be struggling to find bowlers which can keep a good economy rate. The change of the ball after 35 overs has almost taken away reverse swing from the game much to the agony of the bowlers making the game much more in the favour of the batsman.
Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan have been very impressive in test matches and earned laurels for the team in Test match cricket over the last 18 months but haven't been consistent in the 50 over version. None of the Indian pacers seems to have a good yorker for the death overs. This not only allows the opposition batsman to play on the front foot but also allows them to hit through the line. India's bowling attack is one of the worst when it comes to the power plays. The team has to take the bowling seriously as not everyday the team can pile up 300 runs on the board to defend or chase one down.