Variations Key In IPL After Indian Bowlers' Recent Success
The success of Indian pace bowlers over England in the recent limited-overs series has put the focus on variations, especially slower balls, in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).
In the recent two white-ball series between India and England, the Indian pace bowlers outdid their English counterparts with their variations. Even as England pace bowlers like Mark Wood troubled India batsmen with pace, it were the Indian pace bowlers' use of variations that trumped England as Virat Kohli's team won both series.
Pace bowler Shardul Thakur got vital breakthroughs with change in pace in both the T20I and ODI series while others like Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar too used variations to good effect.
As the IPL is starting in 10 days, and with none of the franchises playing at their traditional home venues, keeping a full stock of pace bowlers has become important, especially those who have variations.
On Wednesday, Royal Challengers Bangalore's director of cricket operations Mike Hesson pointed out the need to have variety in bowling, especially those having variations.
The Bangalore franchise recently made big changes to their squad despite qualifying for the play-offs the last season.
In the past, RCB have been blamed for packing their line-up with too many genuine quick bowlers.
"We have back-up players, providing more depth. We want to change the style of play on particular venues, there might be certain grounds where we need players who bowl more cutters, there might be certain grounds where we need bounce bowlers," said Hesson while speaking to the media in an interaction.