Lacklustre fast bowling hurting India: Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid says MS Dhoni does not have a 'go-to' bowler and that bringing back veteran Zaheer Khan is not a quick-fix solution.

updated: January 31, 2014 12:24 IST
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New Delhi: Rahul Dravid feels inexperienced Indian pacers need to bowl better in the slog overs and the challenge to hone their skills should be skipper MS Dhoni's top priority ahead of the World Cup next year.

In an interview to a national daily, Dravid said the Indian bowling has struggled in New Zealand - the main reason for India's series defeat. "India don't seem to have one guy whom Dhoni can turn to and know he will deliver the goods, which is tough for him as a captain," said the veteran of 164 Tests and 344 ODIs. " If he looks around the field, and if he isn't sure who he can go to, his 'banker' so to speak, it does become difficult."

Team India has played four seamers in the current tour. While Ishant Sharma has been the most unimpressive of them, the other three - Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Varun Aaron - have been ordinary too. "It's a young, inexperienced bowling attack. It's a challenge for Duncan Fletcher (coach) and Dhoni to identify individuals who can be trusted with roles given to them," said Dravid. Interestingly, the troika of Shami, Bhuvneshwar and Aaron have a combined ODI tally of just 60 matches - a paltry number when compared to 200 ODIs that veteran Zaheer Khan has featured in.

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