Home > Features >

IPL 2014: Bhuvneshwar, Aaron and Mohit’s impressive performances encouraging for India

IPL 2014: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron and Mohit Sharma’s impressive performances encouraging for India
The fast bowlers… (From top left clockwise) Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma and Varun Aaron © IANS, PTI and Getty Images

It is fascinating that five out of the top six wicket-takers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 are Indian bowlers, writes Nishad Pai Vaidya.

Bowling was never considered India’s strongest suit in limited-overs cricket. The batsmen are the ones who have usually dominated and made a mark with big records. However, in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014, it has been heartening to see the Indian bowlers bowl some effective spells and putting in a much improved performance. It is worth noting that five out of the top six wicket-takers in the IPL 2014 are Indians. Compare that to the leading run-getters list, an Indian only features in the sixth spot. Logic may say that this is an anomaly.

The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Pravin Tambe and Varun Aaron have been in great form this year. In this list, it is great to see five seamers. Tambe is the odd one out with his leg-spin, but his story is truly inspirational. It isn’t just the fact that he has taken wickets, but has made them count, coming in situations where Rajasthan completely turned the game. His hat-trick against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is the best example in this regard.

On other counts as well, Tambe is the odd one out as he isn’t likely to play for India. At the age of 42, it is unlikely that he would be considered for T20 Internationals, and India do not play that format a lot with Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODIs) dominating most tours. However, the others are very much in the national radar, with Sandeep being the only one who is uncapped. The former under-19 swing bowler has the goods and has already had two good seasons in domestic cricket. This IPL is only going on to enhance his reputation and could prove crucial in his graduation to a higher level.

But, taking the other three into account, the Indian think-tank would be most happy with their performances. Bhuvneshwar is the one whose performance has been most encouraging. A swing bowler, he made an impact since his international debut in late 2010 and has been in India’s side since then. However, he was normally restricted to the new ball as his skills at the death weren’t considered any good. This season, he has worked on that flaw to bowl some good spells at the death. He hits the yorker length regularly and has kept the batsmen quiet. For India’s plans, this is a crucial development as they can now rely on him for consistency at the death.

Mohit continues to excel for Chennai and what he lacks in pace, he makes up for it with some discipline. There have been occasions where he has been taken for runs, but has also bounced back well in other spells. He continues to be a fixture in the Chennai bowling and may even go on to become the leader of the attack if Ben Hilfenhaus is kept out for too long. India may continue to call him for ODIs and T20s if he continues to maintain this intensity.

Aaron is an out and out quick and India would be happy he is delivering the results with wickets. After coming back last season, he was immediately drafted into the Indian side for the ODIs in New Zealand and then travelled to Bangladesh for the Asia Cup and the ICC World T20 2014. It shows that the selectors are interested in his development as the Indian attack does need the pace dimension. He has been hitting the right areas, unafraid to pitch it short to surprise the batsmen. Aaron has to show that consistency as he tends to be expensive at times. This tournament could prove to be a turning point for him.

Mid-way through the tournament, the Indians have dominated the race and as all teams will try to close in on play-off berths in what is a competitive table, one can expect better performances from these bowlers. Perhaps, the batsmen may too rise to the occasion.

Click here for IPL 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule & Results

Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at London

More

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014  at Southampton

England won by 266 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Highlights of Phil Hughes' double ton

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Highlights

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Reasons for India’s heavy defeat

10 little known facts about Jacques Kallis

Moeen Ali spins India into trouble: Will he stun them again on Day 5 at Southampton?

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: How an Indian fan remembers the South African legend

England England vs India England vs India 2014 Ian Bell India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Jacques Kallis James Anderson Moeen Ali South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka

India vs England 2014 3rd Test stats highlights: Day 5

Naman Ojha to replace Wriddhiman Saha in Indian squad for England tour

England retain squad for 4th Test against India at Old Trafford

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Players who were questioned did well, says Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook heaps praise on Moeen Ali after England’s win over India in 3rd Test at Southampton

Top 12 cricketing moments between England’s two Test wins

Naman Ojha’s selection for India’s tour of England is a step in right direction

India vs England 2014 3rd Test stats highlights: Day 5

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Highlights

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Reasons for India’s heavy defeat

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

658 Posts | 6 Fans

Sachin Tendulkar's nine dismissals against James Anderson

Naman Ojha’s selection for India’s tour of England is a step in right direction

Prevent Diabetes Tip – get regular health check-ups

Rafael to miss rest of Man Utd’s tour of the USA with groin injury

Exclusive: Aamir Khan’s PK poster leaks!

Abhishek Bachchan shows off his metrosexual side!

Iraq situation to be debated in Parliament next week

Bail plea of pub brawl accused rejected

BlackBerry to acquire Secusmart; Open to more such acquisitions

Meow chat app stalks users on social networks

Deputy National Security Advisor Nehchal Sandhu resigns

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here