Sunil Gavaskar, former India captain and cricket legend, was quite impressed with the way Team India had performed so far in the World Cup winning all the seven games played so far, and taking all the seventy wickets of the opposing teams. However, he thought, India may have to have an optional bowling plan while facing stronger teams ahead.
India thrashed Bangladesh in the quarterfinals on Thursday, and entered the semifinal stage where they faced the winner of Australia-Pakistan match. Gavaskar while talking to NDTV after the India’s win over Bangladesh yesterday, told that Indian bowlers had been combining well, keeping pressure on the opposition, getting early wickets, and had not been leaking runs after the first change. He was all praise for the captain Dhoni, who, he said, used Raina intelligently with the regular spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. He was also appreciative of India’s strategy of keeping wickets in hand so that they can score quick runs in the final 15-20 overs. Keeping wickets in hand, he added, facilitated India to accelerate the momentum of scoring. In the match against Bangladesh, they scored 146 runs in the final 15 overs which was almost ten runs per over.
However, he wanted India to have a plan B while playing against some bigger teams. Ian Chappell, the Australian great, has also concurred with Gavaskar, and has said that Dhoni should have different strategy in the semis, and, possibly, in the final so far as bowling was concerned. Chappell appreciated India for their having several match winners like Australia. He further opined that SCG where India was scheduled to play their semifinal match had been a good hunting ground for them.