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Can the Indian bowlers deliver even once?

This is what the captain, MS Dhoni must be wondering after yesterday’s loss to Sri Lanka in the second match of the Dhaka Cup. Dhoni has been very vocal about the inability of his bowlers to either contain runs or take wickets. He has often been seen in the press conferences lamenting the fact that there very few occasions wherein the bowlers have won a game on their own. Yes, it is batsmen’s game but then Dhoni cannot be blamed for expecting his bowlers to deliver at least once every ten matches or so. Just take yesterday’s ODI for instance, the total of 280 wasn’t all that bad a score and though dew was an issue, the opening Indian bowlers could have rattled the Lankans by picking up a few early wickets. That is something that hasn’t happened in the last six months for the Indian team and the trend continued yesterday night. As usual, Ashish Nehra leaked runs in his opening spell and Sreesanth reminded us why he cannot be looked upon as a reliant bowler, as he had one of his many average days, yet again. To blame the batsmen for not crossing the 300-run mark is foolish considering that they too should be give some breathing space — if they didn’t hammer the living hell out of the opposition bowlers in one, occasional match, the bowlers should have taken up the responsibility.

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  1. Nehra can only deliver when the conditions help the ball to swing, besides that he doesn't have the ability to take wickets or keep things tight. The most shocking thing is the omission of Praveen Kumar though he has been a very consistent bowler over the last two seasons and batted decently against the Aussies...Ishant Sharma could be back any time soon but his pace too has dipped due to what looks like confidence issues.

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  2. Sudeep Tyagi has also been included in the side but he doesn't have too much of experience. The more seasoned guys like RP Singh and Irfan have gone astray after promising so much :(

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