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Indian pacers didn't use short-ball sensibly against Australia: Srinath

Fri, Mar 27, 2015, 02:43 PM
Sydney, March 27 , 2015: Former fast bowler Javagal Srinath on Friday said that although the Indian pacers bowled brilliantly in the entire World Cup, they didn't use the short-ball judiciously against Australia in the semifinal on Thursday.

Co-hosts Australia crushed India by 95 runs in a crunch semifinal to enter the title round of the cricket World Cup where they will meet New Zealand on Sunday.

"They have been largely impressive in this World Cup. Unlike their Australian counterparts, they didn't use the short-ball judiciously," Srinath wrote in a column for International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday.

The 39-year-old said that India’s openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started off well but none of the top-order batsmen could post a big hundred.

"India's openers responded brilliantly, they set a solid platform and blunted the new ball. But, unfortunately, none of the top-order batsmen could post a big hundred," he said.

"Both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had been looking so good before they were dismissed. In such a big chase, in such a big match, you need one of them to bat deep into the innings."

The Indian bowling great heaped praise on Australian batsman Steve Smith for his consistent performance throughout the summer.
Agency: IANS

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