In a recent World Cup match against Netherlands, India used an unusual strategy by trying out part-time bowlers. Captain Rohit Sharma shared the reason behind this experiment.
In a historic move, India used nine bowling options for the first time in World Cup history during a less crucial game against Netherlands. This move was part of a pre-match plan to test different bowling options for the upcoming semifinal against New Zealand.
Addressing Balance Issues:
Due to Hardik Pandya’s injury, India faced challenges in maintaining team balance. With Pandya out due to an ankle injury, India had to resort to Plan B. Suryakumar Yadav was brought in as a specialist batsman, and Mohammed Shami replaced Shardul Thakur as a pace option. Despite these changes, India continued their strong performance in the tournament.
After setting a formidable target of 411 against Netherlands, India decided to experiment with their lesser-used bowlers. Virat Kohli, known for his batting prowess, bowled an entire over for the first time in six years, taking a wicket in the process. Other part-time bowlers like Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav were also given a chance to showcase their skills. Surprisingly, Rohit Sharma himself, after an 11-year gap, took a wicket to wrap up the match.
Rohit Sharma’s Explanation:
Following the successful experiment, Captain Rohit Sharma explained the strategy, stating, “Today we had nine bowling options; it’s important. This was the game where we could have tried certain things. As a bowling unit, we wanted to try doing something different and see what we can achieve.”
With a convincing win against Netherlands, India now has two days of rest before facing New Zealand in the semifinal in Mumbai on Wednesday. The bowling experiment not only added depth to India’s options but also showcased the team’s adaptability in challenging situations.