India’s captain Mithali Raj with team members after the loss to Sri Lanka, February 5
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Women’s World Cup: Mithali slams bowlers for early exit
Livid with her bowlers after the humil- iating first-round exit from the Women’s cricket World Cup, India
captain Mithali Raj said the collective failure in the must-win group match against
minnows Sri Lanka was a shock for her.
India were crushed by 138 runs, failing to
chase the imposing 282 for five set by Sri
Lanka February 5. The hosts were bowled
out for a paltry 144 in 42.2 overs and failed
Sri Lanka 282-5
Chamari Atapattu c Raj b Goswami (5)
Yasoda Mendis c Sultana b Sharma (80)
Deepika Rasangika c Raj b Goswami (109)
*Shashikala Siriwardene run out (Malhotra) (67)
Eshani Kaushalya not out (31)
Sripali Weerakkody b Goswami (5)
Chamani Seneviratna not out (3)
Extras: 16 byes:1 leg byes:2 no balls:0 wides:13
Total: 282-5 (50)
India: Jhulan Goswami 10-0-63-3, Amita Sharma 10-2-41-1,
Shubhlakshmi Sharma 9-0-52-0, Ekta Bisht 10-0-42-0,
Gouher Sultana 10-0-72-0, Reema Malhotra 1-0-9-0.
India 144-10 (42.2)
to make it to the Super Six stage.
‘All the bowlers were off color today. I
think honestly 280 is something I didn’t
expect Sri Lanka to score against us, the
kind of bowling attack we had,’ Raj said
after the drubbing. ‘After the powerplay
overs in the last 10 overs, we gave away too
many runs. It is obviously a concern area.’
The team replaced pacer
Niranjana Nagarajan with
Shubhlakshmi Sharma, a
move that did not work.
‘I think everybody knew that
the wicket wouldn’t help the
spinners. What I expected was
that the pacers would do a
decent job. Niranjana did get
few wickets in the last two
games, but she was expensive
Raj was also critical of
India’s batting effort.
‘I think the top three bats-men getting out with less than
50 runs was disappointing.
That is where I thought the
match was going to be tight,’
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Poonam Raut lbw b Kaushalya 5 (11)
Thirush Kamini c Manodara b Weerakkody 22 (49)
*Mithali Raj lbw b Prabodhani 20 (31)
Harmanpreet Kaur c Atapattu b Seneviratna 0 (2)
Karu Jain b Ranaweera 8 (22)
Reema Malhotra run out (Kaushalya) 38 (51)
Jhulan Goswami c Ranaweera b Dolawatte 22 (32)
Amita Sharma b Siriwardene 1 (3)
Gouher Sultana not out 12 (37)
Ekta Bisht c Atapattu b Siriwardene 1 (6)
Shubhlakshmi Sharma c Manodara b Seneviratna 4 (10)
Extras: 11 byes :0 leg byes:8 no balls:0 wides:3
Total: 144-10 (42.2)
Sri Lanka: Eshani Kaushalya 7-0-25-1,
Udeshika Prabodhani 8-1-25-1, Chamani Seneviratna 7.2-2-10-2,
Sripali Weerakkody 3-0-10-1, *Shashikala Siriwardene 8-1-20-2,
Inoka Ranaweera 7-0-33-1, Sandamali Dolawatte 2-0-13-1.
India’s pace bowling:
Not so fast, not so furious
five Tests, taking eight wickets at an
average of 53.47. He didn’t get any wicket in the two one-day internationals he
played. Maybe he should have been
given more chances, but he did fail to
live up to the hype.
Every time a fast bowler appears on the Indian cricket scene, there’s a sense of anticipation — will he be
the ‘genuine’ quick bowler that India has
been looking for?
As many as 24 fast bowlers have
played Test cricket for India since Kapil
Dev retired in 1994. Of these, only three
— Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and
Ishant Sharma — have taken 100 or
It’s a sorry statistic for which you can
blame injuries, inconsistency or simply
that these players were, perhaps, not
good enough at the international level.
Here are some of the fast bowlers who’ve
now faded into obscurity.
played for India,
Patel was a legend for his lethal
fast bowling in
But turned out to
be a damp squib
at the international level, at
least in Tests.
Making his debut
in 2006, he
played 13 matches for India, taking 35
wickets at an average of 36. He didn’t
have a single five-wicket haul and was a
lousy fielder as well.
R P Singh
R P Singh never had too much pace to
boast of, but what he had were accuracy
for India in
2006 and even
took five wick-
He played 13
Tests for India
and 2008 and
took 40 wickets
at an average of
39. With recurring injuries, Singh never
had a consistent run in the side.
In 2011, when he was recalled to
replace the injured Zaheer Khan, many
were surprised to see he had put on
weight. Since then, he hasn’t featured at
all for India in any format of the game.
If there’s one bowler who has been
unlucky with injuries, it is Sreesanth.
When he burst on
the scene in 2006,
he had pace and
perhaps too much of
it). But loss of form
coincided with a
run of injuries and
fulfilled his potential.
In 27 Tests, he took 87 wickets, but his
controversial antics coupled with
injuries meant that he was always left on
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One bowler to
show promise in
the last two years
is Umesh Yadav.
He has played nine
Tests since 2010,
taking 32 wickets
at an average of
32.50 runs. He was
one of the bright
sparks on the
Australia tour of
2011-12, with 14 wickets — including
5/69 at Perth — in the four Tests which
India lost 4-0. If the selectors persist
with him, perhaps Yadav could fill the
void of a strike bowler for India.
V R V Singh
Tall and well
built, V R V
Singh had all the
utes of a fast
Srinath once said
he was one of the
One of the few
bowlers to have
breached the 150
kmph barrier in
Aaron is really fast.
He has been impressive in the limited
opportunities he’s got
but seems a bit
recurring back problem has kept him out
of the Indian team
since December 2011.
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