Is India’s Five Bowler Strategy a Viable Option?

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Ever since Virat Kohli took over the reins from MS Dhoni in Test cricket, one thing he and Ravi Shastri, before, and Anil Kumble, now have been insistent on is playing a five bowler strategy to enable the team to have a better chance of taking 20 wickets in order to win a Test Match.

This has been employed since the Sri Lanka tour last year, and was continued in the South Africa series at home. On both occasions, India came out as winners quite convincingly, just as they have done in the ongoing West Indies tour where they lead 2-0 in a four match series with one more Test still to be played. In the tours to Sri Lanka and now in the West Indies, India have opted to go with three quicks and two spinners, whereas, during the series at home against South Africa, in conditions that favoured spin more predominantly, India went in with three spinners and two fast bowlers.

From what we have witnessed thus far, it is fair to say that India’s five-bowler strategy has worked out to a relatively successful degree and more often than not has yielded desired results for the team, both home and away.


Five Bowler Strategy Main Photo: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli (L) speaks with teammate Ravichandran Ashwin during the third day of the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and India at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on August 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

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