Indian cricket team lacks fast bowlers, says manager Shivlal Yadav
London: The manager of the Indian cricket team and former Test off-spinner, Shivlal Yadav, has said that the lack of express bowlers in the squad has been costing them matches in England.
"We don`t have express bowlers where we are getting a good start like we had got in Durham, we got a couple of quick wickets and the pressure was on England. So, we are not getting that kind of a start neither in Twenty-20 nor in previous game. So, once we get going, once our new bowlers strike, I am sure we will be able to put England under pressure," said Yadav.
Five months after lifting the World Cup amid joyous celebrations on home soil, Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s men were left to digest their sixth successive international defeat during what is turning out to be a wretched tour of England.
After being humiliated 4-0 in the Test series, India also came off second best in a Twenty20 match last week.
Yadav also expressed his concern over the injuries of the Indian cricketers saying that it is for first time he had seen nine members of the team returning back.
"Well, obviously any team would be missing the services of a great cricketer like Sachin, and definitely, we miss him and, regarding the injuries, it is not in our hands. If somebody gets injured, he gets injured. So, I think this tour has been the maximum amount of injuries I have seen as a selector. When I was a selector I had never seen nine cricketers going back," said Yadav.
Tendulkar joins the long injured list, which started with Zaheer Khan pulling his right hamstring on the opening day of the Lord`s Test.
Following Zaheer`s injury, India lost Harbhajan Singh (tear in lower abdomen), Yuvraj Singh (fractured left-index finger), Virender Sehwag (lybirinthitis in the left ear and shoulder injury), Ishant Sharma (injured left ankle), Gautam Gambhir (concussion resulting in blurred vision and nausea) and Rohit Sharma (fractured right-index finger).
Tendulkar missed the first one-dayer at Durham with a swollen toe, ensuring he would not make his eagerly-awaited 100th international century on the tour of England.
With regular openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag ruled out of the series the team has expectations from opener Ajinkaya Rahane.
While talking to mediapersons, Rahane said that he was fit to play and was sure that India would win the remaining matches.
"I think first is I am fit to play. My ankle is doing fine. Secondly, we are trying hard to win. We all know that the results are not in our hand but the entire team is working hard. I am sure that in the remaining three matches the results will be in our favour," said Rahane.
Rain washed out the first ODI at Durham and the Indians will probably be wishing Tuesday`s match had been a washout as well after a torrential downpour delayed the start by almost five hours.
England will be looking to extend their lead in the five-match series when the teams move to the Oval in London for the third one-dayer today.