U19 World Cup, First Semi Final - Indian bowling report

England bowled 37 overs of spin and as a result they finished their 50 over quota with about half an hour to spare before dinner. As a result of their good work, they were harshly punished by being asked to bat out for 20 minutes before the break. Their top half was blown away in 6 overs and they were left reeling at 17/5 before dinner. The Indian opening bowlers seemed a yard or two quicker than their English counterparts (bowling consistently in the late 130s) and completely devastated the English top-order. After dinner, the procession continued as the batsmen struggled to pierce the in-field. Piyush Chawla and Mohnish Parmar (BipinBhai) are not exactly in the same league as Shane Warne and Muralitharan, but the English batsmen made them look virtually unplayable. Except for White, none of the batsmen could register
double figures and they finally folded up for a paltry 58.

Abu Nechim Ahmed is more in the Agarkar mould, nice easy runup and a quick arm action during the delivery stride. He picked up his second 4-for of the tournament (4/25 against Scotland) and ended up with impressive figures of 4/14 off 6 overs. He plays for Assam in the Ranji Trophy and definitely looks a good prospect. The nipping delivery which ended Varun Chopra's stay at the wicket was a treat to watch.

Tamil Nadu's VijayKumar YoMahesh was the pick of the bowlers. He ended up with 2/14 off 6 (two wickets fewer than his opening partner) and bowled at a pretty good pace. He has a beautiful side-on action and seems an even better prospect than Abu. The commentators were completely in awe with the Indian opening bowlers and they kept comparing the duo with the likes of McGrath (a bit too much just yet, I guess).

Dhiman came in as the first change bowler. He used to regularly open the bowling in the last world cup. This year he has been pretty flexible. He opened the attack in the quarter-finals and did not bowl at all in an earlier game. Today he bowled 3 overs with the sole intention of bouncing the batsmen out. His sole wicket came when Mullaney tried to pull a short delivery and skied it to mid-on. His bouncers are well directed, but they dont really come at a good pace. If he can concentrate on his bowling a bit more, he could be a very good all-rounder in the near future.

Piyush's class became evident to everyone as soon as he came onto bowl. The lower order batsmen were clueless to his googlies and leg-breaks. He did go for a few runs when he floated up a few and White went after him. But this kid is definitely a bit too advanced for this league - something like asking Tendulkar to turn up for the under-19 side when he was 19 (may be the analogy was a bit off the mark, but you know what I mean).

Mohnish Parmar Bipinbhai bowled 7 deliveries without conceding a run and picked up 2 wickets. It is easy to notice that this guy has modelled himself on Muralitharan and it is easy to note that the moment he let the doosra out to rip, the commentators and other officials were checking out the super slow-motion replays. He does flex his arm a bit when he bowls the doosra, no doubts there. (These super slow motion replays are just too good, aren't they?). I would like to think that the likes of Prasad and other coaches would make sure that the flex is within the accepted 15 degrees limit. I don't think he has any abnormality in his arm like Murali, so he is bound to be scrutinised at every level from now on. Hope he sorts out his action now rather than later. A flex is a flex and as long as there is some doubt in the officials' mind, questions are bound to be asked. He is young, still 17 and hopefully will last as long as Murali in the game.

The left arm orthodox spinner, Jadeja did not get to bowl. The bowlers might not get it this easy in the finals, but they certainly are a very formidable attack.

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