New Delhi: Of late, Indian bowlers have often passed the blame for regularly conceding 300-plus runs on the new fielding restrictions enforced in One-Day Internationals.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni too initially went with the view saying it wasn’t easy to adjust to the new rules.
But with the bowlers refusing to learn even after a year of the rules being in place, Dhoni finally made his displeasure apparent and asked his bowlers to use their brains, rather than using the five fielders inside the circle rule as an excuse for leaking runs.
Varun Aaron — part of the ODI squad on the New Zealand tour — said while the rules do favour the batsmen, it is the bowlers’ job to adapt to the changing requirements.
“It is not just Indian bowlers, but bowlers all over the world have been affected by the new ODI rules. With just four fielders in the outfield and two new balls being used, things are obviously favouring the batsmen. If one takes a look at the statistics of the recent ODI series between England and Australia, there too the bowlers were taken to the cleaners,” Aaron told MAIL TODAY. “But we are professionals and it is our job to improvise and catch the batsmen unawares. I am working on it and hopefully will soon find a way to restrict the onslaught,” he said.
Commenting on the embarrassing 0-4 loss to the Kiwis in the ODI series, Aaron said: “the whole team wants to erase the memory. Nobody wants to lose and it was a case of things just not working out for us. We are determined to show the world that it was a one-off and nothing more.”
While Aaron is happy that he bowled fast in the three matches he played — without any fitness issues — he would have liked to perform better.
“It was good to make a comeback into the national team after sitting out for close to two years. It was satisfying that I was able to go full throttle without having to worry about my injury. But as far as my performance is concerned, I would like to have done much better. It was only in the fifth match that I felt I was bowling really well and to be able to hit the 150kph mark a few times was pleasing,” the 24-year-old Jharkhand pacer said.
Even as the Indians found the going tough, one man who established himself on the international stage was New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson — with 120 runs and 10 wickets in three matches.
“There is no question that Anderson is talented. He hits the ball hard and is more than a handy bowler. But he needs to prove his mettle in the sub-continent and other places where he hasn’t played yet and conditions which won’t suit his style,” Aaron said.
Back in India, the Irani Cup beckons and Aaron will be an integral part of the Rest of India squad. But he wouldn’t try to prove his fitness and get a Test call-up through the five-day match.
“I have already played six Ranji matches, so it is not that this one game — Irani Cup — will be a test of my fitness. I feel I am in a position to go full throttle in the longer format as well,” he signed off.
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