Bishan Singh Bedi, the former India captain and one of the selectors who picked the World Cup winning squad in 1983, says India will have to get "at least 50 more runs" in each match "to compensate for the lack of incisive bowling and sharp fielding".
The outspoken veteran bowler of the famous spinning quartet of the seventies agrees that though the Indians can "destroy" any attack, their bowling lacks penetration and the fielding is the "weakest link".
"We have a reasonably experienced side. Batting is our strength. We don't have a terribly penetrating bowling and fielding is our weakest link. There are quite a few guys who are not quick on their feet and it will be difficult to hide them. I think India will have to score at least 50 more runs to compensate for the lack of incisive bowling and sharp fielding," Bedi told IANS in an interview.
"The batting is outstanding. We have Sachin (Tendulkar), (Virender) Sehwag, (Gautam) Gambhir, Yusuf (Pathan), Yuvarj (Singh), (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni. They can destroy any attack any day. All they need is to be consistent."...more
08:45 AM, Dec 13, 2007