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'India may not replicate Riaz pace show against Aussies'

Sydney, PTI | Updated : 22 March 2015, 11:30 PM

Indian pacers will struggle to match Wahab Riaz-like domination against Australia in the World Cup semifinal and the baggage of a forgettable summer against the hosts may also haunt the defending champions, says former India bowling coach Joe Dawes.

Pakistan’s left-arm pacer Riaz bowled a hostile spell against the hosts in the quarterfinal and had most of the Australian batsmen, specially Shane Watson, struggling.

“No doubt they’ll try that. [But] around the wicket is going to be a bit harder than just having a left-hander there,” said Dawes, who was India’s bowling coach ahead of the Australian tour last October.

“They will have watched that and will give it a go, and Umesh (Yadav) has definitely got the pace to do it but he’s not an overly tall man so that sort of changes the trajectory and the bounce. The left-armers are proving to be quite difficult throughout the whole tournament, aren’t they?,” Dawes was quoted as saying by ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.

The former India coach said since India do not have left-arm paceman, it may be a disadvantage.

“They’ll be doing their homework and will give it a crack. Fletch (India coach Duncan Fletcher) is a pretty astute coach, he’ll be watching all of these things and he’ll look to try and bring that in somewhere and give it a whirl. But the left-hander is a big advantage and that’s where the Indians don’t have anyone with real pace, or any left-hand bowlers here at the moment."

First Published: Sunday, March 22, 2015 09:45 PM
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