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'Indian bowlers have learnt nothing from overseas experiences'

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January 20, 2015 23:47 IST
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India's Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma during a nets session. Photograph: Getty Images

Once again slamming the Indian bowlers for their poor showing in Australian conditions ahead of the World Cup, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the bowlers have learnt nothing from their past experiences on foreign tours. 

After failing to take 20 wickets in the 2-0 Test series defeat against Australia, the Indian bowlers once again failed to defend a 267-run total in the tri-series opener against the hosts and Gavaskar is not at all impressed. 

"The problem I think is that Indian bowlers have learnt nothing from their overseas experiences over the years in limited-overs cricket. So that is a worry. We are just hoping that when the World Cup comes, the fact that they are the defending champions will give tremendous motivation. 

"At the moment it just looks to me as if even the bowlers are bowling well within themselves. They have had a long tour, the Test series and they don't want to stretch themselves to such an extent that they might cause some injury to themselves going into the World Cup," Gavaskar told NDTV.

Former India capatin Sunil Gavaskar. Photograph: Getty Images

But like a true optimist, Gavaskar still hopes that Mahendra Singh Dhoni and company can take inspiration from their England performance, where the bowlers came good, to make a mark in the 50-over showpiece event. 

"They handled themselves really well in England. So I am hoping that they will be able to find the same rhythm that had in England and restricted them to win the series 4-1. If that happens then India will be a formidable team," said the cricketer-turned-analyst. 

Gavaskar also pins his hopes on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami to come out all guns blazing when the situation arises. 

"My first choice bowlers would be Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. I would go in with these two. I would go in with Stuart Binny and I will go in with two spinners as well. Because for the simple reason that Bhuvneshwar can also bat a little bit, he is also a very good fielder. Shami can also tonk along a bit and he is also a very good fielder. With Binny and the two spinners, they all bat. 

"So I am looking at a team which will have batting depth. Considering the pitches where you are going to play on where the batsmen might just flounder a little bit, like they did at the Gabba. So if they have the batting depth then it sort of covers all my bases," said the former opener.

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