Indian bowling is weak: Aravinda de Silva

Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012, 16:19 [IST]
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India bowling is weak: Aravinda de Silva

Colombo, Oct 1: India might have bowled out Pakistan for a paltry 128 in the World Twenty20 here but Sri Lankan batting great Aravinda de Silva feels that the MS Dhoni-led side has a weak bowling attack, besides also lacking in variation.

"Whatever I have seen so far in this tournament, the Indian bowling attack seems to be weak. And when I am saying weak, it means pretty weak," de Silva, whose century helped Sri Lanka win the 1996 World Cup (50-over) final said.

Asked to elaborate on his view on Indian bowling, de Silva said, "The Indian bowling attack does not have much variation in either spin or pace. On Sri Lankan pitches which are slow and offer some turn, one needs to mix it up.

"I have not seen the Indian spinners try out different things against Australia. I felt that they were pretty flat and against sides which have good players of spin, this will be a problem," the 48-year-old, who himself was a great player of spin bowling, explained.

The former Sri Lankan captain said that he was unable to understand the reason as to why Dhoni was not using Virender Sehwags off-breaks more often.

"Let me tell you that its not an ideal situation to be in where you drop a player of Sehwags calibre. Also I dont know the reason I dont see him bowling his off-breaks more often. Sehwag is more than a handy off-spinner.

"The advantage to have a bowler like Sehwag is that he does not think like a part-timer. He is someone who thinks like a specialist off-spinner which is very important," said de Silva.


Story first published:  Monday, October 1, 2012, 13:46 [IST]
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