Indian cricket team lost to the West Indies in Kuala Lumpur despite having posted a healthy total of 309 runs. Some might call it an unfair result as Indians had 30 more overs to play for but the way things went about, there was not much to choose from.
Although the Indian batting clicked today with batting maestro Tendulkar hitting another ton in difficlut circumstances, it was the indisciplined bowling which cost India the match.
The Indians looked rusty in both bowling and fielding department. Despite being aware of the target and what was expected of them, the bowlers sprayed the ball all around and got punished by some hard carribbean hitting.
Pathan could not maintain a tight line and the same could be said of the other bowler RP Singh who was fortunate to have got the wicket of Chanderpaul ! Dhoni too played a part by spilling a couple of easy chances behind the stumps again raising doubts over his keeping skills.
Lack of discipline clearly showed in the Indian bowling. This casts considerable doubts in the minds of people making them wonder about the utility of the high profile cricket training camps which were held in complete secrecy prior to the tri nation tournament!
The bowling is slowly emerging as an achilles heel for the Indian cricket team. Irrespective of the the team posts, in the absence of a decent and disciplined bowling attack all efforts would be raised to the ground.
The coach and the captain need to chalk a strategy to ensure that the team sheds its rustiness and prepares to face an upbeat Australian side in a couple of days time.
And this time, even with the help of elements the team would fail if they do not sort out their basics such as bowling & fielding!