VVS Laxman had faced one of the challenging breeds of fast bowlers during his playing days; be it Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis, Courtley Ambrose or even Brett Lee. Being at the other end of some fearsome fast bowling, Laxman understands how important it is for a team to have their bowling unit sorted heading into any tournament. As India gears up for cricket’s showpiece event in the UK, VVS Laxman said India are a complete side and that their fast bowlers coming good is exciting.
Indian bowlers make the batsmen uncomfortable – VVS
The India National Cricket team had won three of their last four ODI series in the SENA countries. Though England beat them 2-1 in the three-match ODIs at home; Virat Kohli-led team beat South Africa (5-1), Australia (2-1) and New Zealand (4-1) in the respective bilateral series. Achieving such immense success on the overseas shores is a matter of pride, and VVS Laxman applauds the bowling department for the same.
“India are a complete side. It’s not only the batting department. What’s exciting is their bowling department, especially the fast bowlers which is a matter of pride. You have got resources which can not only restrict the flow of runs but pick wickets and challenge the batsmen, making them look uncomfortable at the crease,” Laxman said.
India had attained some tremendous results in their lead up to the 2019 World Cup. Under Virat Kohli, they had retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy before winning the ODIs Down Under. Moreover, Laxman, who didn’t play a single World Cup during his career added India needs to tick all the boxes to stay on the top in the UK.
Winning the World Cup will be icing on the cake – Laxman
Shedding the light on India’s performance across formats, Laxman said if they lift the World Cup, it will be icing on the cake.
“Indian team is peaking at the right time. The win in Australia Tests followed by ODIs and the way they played in New Zealand shows that this team has got the potential to be world beaters. If they win the World Cup, they would have ticked all the boxes. At the moment they have done well in Test cricket and in ODI tournaments as well. Winning World Cup will be the icing on the cake,” he concluded at the WION Global Summit in Dubai.
Meanwhile, India will now face off against Australia at home in two T20Is, and five ODIs, the series which begins on February 24th in Vizag.