Melbourne: Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell said the Indian team led by Virat Kohli have now joined the ranks of the bowling competent teams.
Even though India lost the World Test Championship (WTC) final to New Zealand, Chappell praised India for creating a strong bowling arsenal including Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj .
“In recent years India has joined the ranks of competent bowling teams. As a result, they have enjoyed success in Australia, reached the WTC final and now have an equal chance of beating England on their home turf. Bowling at a good pace certainly has its advantages, ”wrote Chappell in his column for ESPNCricinfo.
Speaking of New Zealand’s bowling attack, Chappell said: “New Zealand’s well-deserved victory in the World Trials Championship final highlighted an accepted adage in cricket: the rules fast bowling. New Zealand’s rhythm quartet – Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Kyle Jamieson – made their presence possible in the final. Then in the protracted battle with India for supremacy, the fast bowlers led the charge for the final day’s victory. “
“The influence of the New Zealand attack was such that there was even a comparison to the formidable West Indian quartets that reigned from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s,” he added.
Chappell also said that if you look at it statistically then Kyle Jamieson might look like the leader of the attack, but in reality the attack is led by Tim Southee.
“Statistically, the leader of the New Zealand group is undoubtedly Jamieson, with 28 wickets averaging 7/12 uncovered locations in those five tests. However, from an experience standpoint, this is the Southee swing bowler leading the way, ”he said.
Last week, New Zealand led by Kane Williamson beat India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final to take the test mace. The Kiwis are also currently the number one ranked test team in the world. New Zealand beat India by eight wickets at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
A full effort on reserve day saw New Zealand edging out India in a final that saw its ups and downs in the opening innings. The Kiwis made full use of their slim 32-point lead, and the Williamson-led team knocked out India cheaply in the second inning to secure a goal of just 139.