Why Indian batters don’t bowl? Blame it on five-fielder rule: Rahul Dravid

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket group‘s inclination to incorporate extra all-rounders in recent times will be attributed to the truth that lots of the present top-order batters don’t contribute as bowlers, in contrast to a few of their esteemed predecessors from earlier generations.
The group’s eagerness to include utility gamers like Axar Patel or Washington Sundar stems from two main considerations: firstly, the top-order batters not being actively concerned in bowling duties, and secondly, the lower-order batters not exhibiting sufficient resilience and ability with the bat.
So what has modified?
“I believe it may very well be due to the rule change. All of the sudden you will have gone from 4 fielders contained in the ring to 5 fielders contained in the ring. I believe that has drastically modified the flexibility of part-time bowlers to have the ability to bowl within the center section,” Dravid mentioned in defence of his group by which none amongst Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer or Suryakumar Yadav bowl.
Surya Kumar Yadav’s case is a notable instance of the altering dynamics of bowlers amongst top-order batters in cricket. Surya was as soon as reported for a suspect bowling motion throughout a Mumbai Indians match, after which he ceased bowling altogether. Equally, Shikhar Dhawan, who sometimes bowled off-spinners, additionally confronted points together with his motion and stopped bowling after being reported for chucking in home cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar, a batter identified for his numerous bowling expertise, together with inswingers, outswingers, leg-breaks, and off-breaks, has a formidable tally of 154 ODI wickets. Equally, Sourav Ganguly, who bowled medium tempo, secured 100 ODI scalps, and Yuvraj Singh, whose bowling performed a pivotal function in India’s 2011 World Cup victory, retired with a complete of 111 victims. Remarkably, these have been all specialist top-order batters.
Including to this record of multi-talented cricketers, Virender Sehwag contributed with 96 ODI wickets, and Suresh Raina chipped in with 36 wickets whereas enjoying below the captaincy of MS Dhoni. These examples underscore how these top-order batters not solely excelled with the bat but additionally made priceless contributions with the ball, showcasing their versatility as all-round cricketers.


“When you keep in mind and point out all these names (Sachin, Sourav, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Raina) bowling on this section, a whole lot of these guys began when there was once solely 4 fielders within the ring.
“In that sort of scenario (5 fielders exterior the ring), you might lose a whole lot of part-time bowlers and never solely us, a whole lot of groups did that. If you’ll discover, the variety of part-time bowlers have gone down in different groups as nicely.
“It isn’t solely the Indian group,” Dravid needed to remind every body who cared to pay attention.
The 2 new balls from each ends, which successfully means one white Kookaburra is simply 25 overs previous, has additionally contributed to this decline.
“Partly, it’s due to two new balls, you’ve got 5 fielders within the ring within the center overs. It isn’t that they don’t seem to be bowling within the nets, a whole lot of bowlers do attempt, they bowl within the nets.
“But when you do not get alternatives to bowl within the center then it turns into very troublesome to develop your ability,” the coach mentioned.
He additionally attributed it to the defensive mindsets of captains and coaches, who do not need to punt on a part-timer.
“And increasingly captains and coaches are cautious of the foundations and they also will at all times look to play a real bowler within the combine due to the 2 new balls and 5 fielders within the ring.”
So what may very well be the answer? It’s about discovering extra all-rounders and that has been the present group administration’s endeavour.
“Additionally attempt to discover real all-rounders within the group and the aim is absolutely to try to discover some type of real all-rounders. That is one thing we’re engaged on.
“It isn’t that we do not work on that, we continually work on it and we’re continually engaged on a few of our bowlers to bat nicely as nicely. Actually (each time guidelines modified), a whole lot of part-time bowlers have been decreased.”
(With PTI inputs)

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