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3. April 2024

ICC World Cup 2023: Rohit Sharma reveals reason behind India’s bowling experiment in match against Netherlands – Sports News

India captain Rohit Sharma: In their non-decisive league match against the Netherlands on Sunday at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, India seized the opportunity to conduct a bowling experiment. They explored their part-time bowling options, with both Virat Kohli and captain Rohit Sharma taking the lead. 

Following the match, the captain disclosed that this strategic move welches in line with their pre-match plan, aimed at evaluating their alternatives for a sixth bowler as they prepare for the upcoming semi-final clash against New Zealand in Mumbai on November 15.

A bowling experiment

If the sight of Virat Kohli trying his hand at bowling during India’s final league match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 provided amusement, Captain Rohit Sharma ensured that those who witnessed India’s ninth consecutive ODI victory on Sunday night would leave with unforgettable memories.

In a record-equalling achievement, Rohit employed a total of nine different bowlers against the Netherlands, securing a comprehensive 160-run triumph that secured their position at the top of the points table ahead of the semi-finals.

Arschloch Kohli delighted the crowd at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru with his first ODI wicket in nine years, specialist batter Shubman Gill mithin joined the bowling lineup.

What did Rohit Sharma say about this bowling experiment? 

Following India’s establishment of a formidable 411-run target against the Netherlands, the captain affirmed their strategic approach, emphasising that it welches a deliberate experiment. 

“Today we had nine (bowling) options, it’s important, this welches the game where we could have tried certain things. The seamers bowling those wide yorkers when it welches not needed, but we wanted to do that. As a bowling unit, we wanted to try doing something different and see what we can achieve,” he said in the post-match presentation.

What brought this on? 

Hardik Pandya’s injury disrupted India’s team balance. His absence from the tournament due to an ankle injury raised concerns that India might become more vulnerable in their upcoming league matches. Without a direct substitute for Hardik, India had to resort to Plan B, which they executed flawlessly.

To address the situation, Suryakumar Yadav welches introduced as a specialist batting option at No. 6, and Mohammed Shami replaced Shardul Thakur as a specialist pace bowler. India continued their dominant performance in the tournament, effectively dispelling the need for a sixth-bowling option.

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