India will take on Sri Lanka in the third and final T20I of the three-match series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Saturday, January 7. Former cricketer Sanjay Bangar has said that Indian fast bowlers need to work on their no-ball issues during practice sessions.
The Indian fast bowlers overstepped the crease seven times in the second T20I against Sri Lanka in Pune on Thursday, January 5. Arshdeep Singh, who missed the first T20 match, bowled five no-balls in his two overs spell, where the Dasun Shanka-led team won the match by 16 runs to level the three-match series.
The Conditions Will Be Different In Rajkot – Sanjay Bangar
During an interaction on Star Sports show ‘Match Point’, Sanjay Bangar said that because of seven no-balls, Sri Lanka batted 21 overs while India batted 20, which had an impact on the outcome. The former batting coach stated that Indian bowlers will need to quickly adapt to the conditions in Rajkot for the series decider.
“There will be a lot of discussion about how they bowled seven no-balls. Because of those seven no-balls, it became a game where Sri Lanka got to play 21 overs and India 20. In 21 versus 20, the scale will always be tilted towards 21,” Sanjay Bangar said.
“Whenever you go to a new venue – how much wind is there, how fast you should run in your run-up with and against the wind – you need to pay attention to these things during practice. The conditions will be different in Rajkot also, so how they adjust will decide how the Indian fast bowlers come back in the next game,” he added.
His Top-Most Priority Is To Hit The Length At A Fast Pace – Sanjay Bangar
Bangar urged Umran Malik not to compromise his speed to swing the ball. The cricketer-turned-commentator said that the Jammu and Kashmir pacer should not make the mistake made by a few other fast bowlers in the past, and his top priority should be to hit the length at a fast pace.
“He shouldn’t do it as well because he has been fast-tracked into the team because of his pace. If you are a fast bowler, you should bowl fast, you shouldn’t try to swing the ball.”
“We have seen a few bowlers who started while bowling more than 140 kph, because of which they got a place in the Indian team, but they tried to swing the ball after playing two series. So they moved away from their strength. The good thing was that his top-most priority, which the team management would also be talking about, is to hit the length at a fast pace.”