WTC Final: Lack of match practice hurting Indian fast bowlers, says Simon Doull

Written by Vipin Darwade

Former New Zealand pacer Simon Doull belives that the lack of match practice in the run-up to the ongoing World Test Championship final against New Zealand was hurting India’s pace bowling attack.

“At times you look and overthink and say ‘did they (India) have enough preparation?’ I think they did. I am sure in the last 10-12 days they would have bowled enough deliveries to make sure they are ready and raring to go,” Simon Doull told Harsha Bhogle in a cricbuzz show.

“But its hard to simulate match practice. You can try in these intra-squad games but it just doesn’t quite work and that’s the key. It is genuinely hard to replace match practice that makes you better and get you ready for those matches,” added Doull.

Doull said New Zealand were definitely benefited by the two games against England ahead of the marquee clash.

“New Zealand went into their first Test match at Lord’s against England, they had the very same preparation that India had coming into this Test match.

“New Zealand were in Southampton for around 10-11 days, played intra-squad matches, training practices and when they turned at Lord’s they looked pretty set and ready to go.

“Tim Southee bowled beautifully, Devon Conway came straight out of 10 days of net session here and scored a double hundred at Lord’s. They looked like they were prepared and ready to go,” said Doull.

Doull said barring Ishant Sharma, India lack an out-and-out swing bowler in the playing eleven.

“They are not genuine swing bowlers. I know Jasprit Bumrah can swing the ball, Ishant is more of a swing bowler, he comes round the wicket with that angle wrist takes the ball away. He does take the ball away from the left-handers and into the right-handers.

“Mohammed Shami has never really been a genuine swing bowler. He is a seam bowler and always bowls upright,” the 51-year-old former fast bowler said.

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