Looking at the team composition, there is a serious need for 5 specialist bowlers to play for India. It could have been a safer option if the current crop of the bowlers would scare their opponents, which they are not capable of. But still MS Dhoni said that it does not matter if a team has 5 specialist bowlers or not, but it is how they bowl on a day. There seems to be no logic in his comments, as top other teams like Pakistan, South Africa, Australia have been using five specialist bowlers. Anshuman Gaekwad, a former Indian opening batsmen does not agree with MS Dhoni's view and says, “You cannot go in with four bowlers in a T20 or an ODI game. India needs to play with five specialist bowlers.”
In a country like India, where every one is entitled to their opinion, a former Indian bowler, Karsan Ghavri has a different point of view and agrees with Dhoni. He says, “It is not necessary to go with five specialist bowlers. We have part-timers such as Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh who can easily bowl 2-3 overs in a game and may be also four overs.” But, the Indian team with whatever resources (bowlers) they have with them are not capable to create a storm with their bowling, so they need to focus on the basics of the game. He adds, “The bowlers need to maintain a good line and length and bowl according to their field.”
The Indian team looks a far more balanced side with five specialist bowlers. In a T20 match, there are multiple chances that a bowler may be thrashed and he might not be given the ball after that thrashing. So if you play with four bowlers, you are handicapped and you need to fulfill those overs with part timers. Gaekwad asks, “ How many batsmen do we need to bat? Six is enough.”. He turns the table completely and says, “ He does not seem to have confidence in his own batsmen. He is worried about the batting so he is playing more batsmen in the starting 11.” What is the need of playing seven batsmen, when you have bowlers who can bat decently in the form of Pathan and Ashwin. Else, their additional skill is wasted.
With no quality bowling in the Indian ranks, the BCCI needs to chalk out major plans and bring in fresh bowlers who can help India win matches. Gaekwad says, “We have pace academies and there should be regular bowlers that should be coming into the team from there (academies).”
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