Since the 2019 World Cup, Indian spinners have the worst economic rate, 5.72, in one-day international tournaments among all 12 teams with a full ICC member. The Indian average of 48.38 and a strike rate of 50.7 are better than Zimbabwe alone and slightly, England‘with. Which means the average ODI spell of an Indian spinner in this period would be 10-0-57.2-1.17. They neither stopped running at the cost of a few more passes nor took wickets at the cost of a few more passes.
After the recent ODI in South Africa, coach Rahul Dravid pointed out the need to improve India ‘s options for passing through the middle phase of ODI inning, when spinners are used more often than not.
“Mr. (Sunil) Gavaskar would tell me, ‘you go for 50 runs in 10 overs, but give me three doors, and I’ll be happy with that.’ And keep in mind, 50 runs in those days was great, ”says Laxman Sivaramakrishnan.
In his debut ODI series, the 1985 World Cricket Championships in Australia, the former Indian kicking player unforgettably threw the ball and made it hover, dive and turn to lure hitters to their fall. The magic was soon to disappear, but what Sivaramakrishnan portrayed in that series was the classic one-day wrist rotation; the art of stretching the rope swings the boundaries for hitters, but doesn’t actually recognize them, and instead use that bait to wind the neck.
Over the decades, the already difficult art has become increasingly difficult to practice. Changes to the ODI rules regarding restrictions on balls and field play, and the rise of T20 cricket where, ironically, socks prevailed. These are global reasons. Failure to develop, in particular, the strength of the wrist-turning bench in ODIs and two different worlds of domestic and international cricket. They are specific to the Indian tribulation.
“The real big change in the game was the change of the red ball to the white,” Sachin Tendulkar told the paper in an interview published Friday. “The red ball became soft, changed color and it was hard to choose. So if the spinner was bowling, one had to watch the hand closely because it was hard to see the ball spin while in the air. For example, on a ball observation scale, if the new red cherry was 10 to 10, the changed ball could be 5 or 6. ”
The Spinners hit again when two new white balls were introduced after the 2011 World Cup, one from each end. “That meant that during the inning the ball would only get used to 25 overs from one end,” Tendulkar said. “Even when the spinners came to bowling later in the game, it wasn’t too hard to see. In ODIs, spinners generally come in a bowl in the 16th or 17th over. But in reality, the ball was only eight turns old.
“So (unlike) the old red ball, the spinner can’t effectively disguise the doosra or googly because the white ball isn’t so altered. Besides, only when the ball is scratched a little can the spinners catch it better. ”
Just a year after setting two new balls, the International Cricket Council has limited the number of deep-field players in the ODI to four instead of five from 11th to 40th in inning. The middle ones went from ‘boring’ to border festivities, and the biggest burden was borne by the spinners, who normally worked during that period.
“There’s talk of spinners who find it hard to get the door in ODIs compared to the T20,” Tendulkar says. “That’s because there are five players in the ring in the ODI while only four in the T20s. It changes the psyche of both the hitter and the bowler. In case that extra player was on, say, a long shot, the striker would think twice before hitting. This was because the ball would go soft and the striker had to be sure to clear the field.
“Because of the new restrictions, the extra player in the field is within 30 yards – it can be the middle, middle or point – when the spinners are bowling. So, as a hitter, you feel like I basically have to clear the 30-yard lap and I’m sure. Moreover, the ball stays hard because there are two of them. ”
Sivaramakrishnan says, “When I was on the ICC board, I said you should give five deep-field players, not four.”
In late 2017, ‘KulCha’ became a flavor of Indian cricket, threatening to turn bread and butter-turning fingers into toast. Leg-spin enjoyed a kind of revival thanks to the T20; the strikers found they were unable to consistently hit the wrist rotation with all its variations, giving us a look at teams that don’t risk against Rashid Khan in a format in which the risk allegedly did not exist for the strikers. But we draw attention.
For several seasons Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been a treat for connoisseurs and a threat to hitters. In early 2018, a wrist-turning couple robbed 33 doors in a six-game ODI series in South Africa. But gradually, Kuldeep’s comeback began to fall alarmingly, as did his playing time, even in the IPL. India returned to turning its left hand Ravindra Jadeja, who has averaged 58.75 to 5.5 runs more since the 2019 World Championships. In the recent ODI series of three games in South Africa, the domestic spinners won nine gates, the Indians three. Forget Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaja, even Aiden Markram had more doors than Ravichandran Ashwin.
Virat Kohli he led Indian teams with white balls for almost five years, but no player spinning his wrist without the name Chahal or Kuldeep got a single ODI under him. Rahul Chahar won the game, but below Shikhar Dhawan as part of another string that toured Sri Lanka while the main lineup was in England for test matches last year. After Kuldeep faded – and why his downfall couldn’t be stopped he deserves a story for himself – there was no real support left. The management of the team tried to plug the hole by turning a finger, but it resolutely replaced the apples with oranges.
“The captain has a big role to play in handling spinners. In my time Sunil Gavaskar was outstanding as a skipper. His human management was top notch. Dhoni was better than Virata in the way he led the spinners, ”says Sivaramakrishnan. “I remember talking to Chahal after he got 64 in four overs (in the T20I in Centurion 2018).”
The supply line is empty
It’s not that the closet is full of options. While he loves Adam ZampaRashid, Shamsi, Wanindu Hasaranga, Hayden Walsh as well as Chahal continue to strike in ODIs to turn the wrist, Indian home cricket has its own narrative.
In the last five years in the one-day Vijay Hazara trophy, there are only two of the top 10 players who have turned to wicket spinners – Mayank Markande and veteran Piyush Chawla. That number doubles to four – Chawla, Shreyas Gopal, Chahar, M Ashwin – for the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, an indication that the leggings are more successful in the shortest format.
Chawla points out that slower courts in home cricket allow even those who work part-time to get away without too much damage, thus reducing the captain’s reliance on legions in one-day players. And less adventurous punches mean wrist rotators aren’t tested enough.
“Home fields are different from the usual real international surfaces. They are much slower, ”says Chawla. “Today we have very few paats (flat terrains). Also, in these times we have a lot of games in the same place, so the pitches get tired after a while and slow down even more. I think a weird game should be played in a place with a high score for the spinners to gain that experience.
“Also, home strikers aren’t that aggressive,” Chawla adds. “You might get a few hitters who are aggressive at the top, but not much after that. So often teams end up playing it safe. Let’s say 275 or 280 is, seven or eight times out of 10, the winning result. But the opposite is true in international cricket.
“The magic of 10-0-50-0 is considered very normal today, and in home cricket there are a lot of fingertips that will give you that. So the captains are wondering why anyone would risk bowling legions with only four men in depth. ”
“People were surprised when I was selected for the World Cup. They were asked how a foot spinner plays one-day cricket. And now leg spinners only play T20, ”says Sivaramakrishnan. “They catch the door in depth when the hitters try to slam them or catch them mostly in extra shelter.”
This does not work to the same extent in ODIs, partly because of the four-player rule and partly because it is a different format, the 56-year-old commentator said.
“People were wrong. Fifty cricket is no longer an extension of T20, ”said Sivaramakrishnan. “It simply came to our notice then. The hitter can speed up his changes in a one-day game, but the bowler only has 10 overs, so you have to be really great to succeed.
“(Shane) Warne and (Anil) Kumble, both high-quality test bowlers, were high-quality ODI bowlers. Mystery can only take you as far as a spinner. What happened after that … (Sunil) Narine and (Ajantha) Mendis could only bowl four overs. ”
The way of thinking in ODIs, Sivaramakrishnan says, should relate to taking wickets, just as it is in test cricket. “In one-day cricket, your goal is to lower the boundaries. So you have to bow as many good balls as possible. Even five singles in six balls is a rate of five on more. I had to throw a good ball if Javed Miandad was on the other end. And the ball that takes the door remains the ball that takes the wicket.
“But the spinners are missing their hearts now. They are happy to go at a decent economic rate without going to the door. Even if you see the U19 (World Cup) final, most (England) gates have fallen in rhythm. Only one wicket fell to spin, also after skating. ”
There is also a decline in skills; the basics of spin bowling are gradually being lost, Sivaramakrishnan believes. “People these days don’t use their bodies much, instead they bow their hands. Not even Kuldeep used his body too much.
“You should spin the ball more, not just throw the ball through the air quickly. You need to tear it properly. You can’t rely on the field. The amount of turns you get also depends on the height, yes, but what is spin … rotation happens in the air. This adjustment must be provided by the bowler. You can say that there is nothing on the field, but here comes your craft. ”
Sivaramakrishnan states that if something is not done to stop the rot, “you will also see the death of the spinner in trial cricket. The Spinners are only coming into play in the 4th inning. ”
Furthermore, in the last five years, Pakistani Yasir Shah is the only leg-spinner among the top 10 players who have turned wicket into test cricket.
Sivaramakrishnan advocates a spin-bowling coach for each team. “The art of coaching needs to evolve. We keep saying that the game has changed, but what about us? Have we managed to change ourselves along with the game? It is easy to identify the problem, but are there people available to provide solutions?
“We learned from fast bowlers around the world and now we have developed a good number. But we forgot that our strength is spin. A spin coach can be an intermediary between the captain and the spinner. All teams should have a spin-bowling coach, and no one can learn that better than an Asian. ”