India vs Australia 2023

IND vs AUS: India head coach Rahul Dravid explains why India don’t have part-time bowlers

Saurabh AnandSaurabh Anand

September 22 2023
India head coach Rahul Dravid
(Courtesy : ICC)

Rahul Dravid opened up on why India don’t have part-time bowlers.

Part-timers have become a big talking point in Indian Cricket before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. They played a crucial role in India’s 2011 World Cup win. Suresh Raina, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, along with Yuvraj Singh were an integral part of the playing XI with a variety of bowling options available in the middle overs. The current Indian team lacks a similar set of players. 

Rahul Dravid blames it on powerplay rule

Team India head coach Rahul Dravid has explained the lack of part-timers and blamed it on the powerplay. Not only with Team India, part-timers are very rare to see now. Teams rely more on all-rounders than a batter who can bowl a bit. In 2015, ICC brought a change in power play and allowed only 4-fielders outside the ring between 11-40 overs. Due to this teams use their bowling options cautiously. 

Talking about the lack of part-timers Rahul Dravid said, “I think it could be because of the rule change. Suddenly you have gone from four fielders inside the ring to five fielders inside the ring. I think that has drastically changed the ability of part-time bowlers to be able to bowl in the middle phase.” Team India had a history of using their part-timers more effectively in the One-day Internationals than any other team in the world. 

Virender, Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and Suresh Raina, all were known for their partnership-breaking ability as well. Dravid felt that they bowled in a different rule that brought a lot of success to them in this format. Suresh Raina was a regular off-spinner under MS Dhoni’s captaincy with 36 ODI wickets in 101 innings he bowled. Similarly, Sehwag, Sachin, and Sourav all have good numbers in bowling. 

Rahul Dravid further added, “If you remember all those names (Sachin, Sehwag, Sourav, Raina) bowling in this phase. A lot of these guys started when there used to be only four fielders in the ring. In that kind of a situation, you could use a lot of part-time bowlers and not only us but a lot of teams also did that. If you notice, the number of part-timers gone down in other teams as well.” Team India play with Hardik Pandya as an all-rounder in the playing eleven. No one among Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, and Shreyas Iyer are used as an extra bowling option.

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