With a convincing series victory over New Zealand, Team India maintained their home preparations for the ODI World Cup. The hosts came from behind to win the T20I series 2-1 earlier this week after dominating the Kiwis 3-0 in the ODI series. The bowlers took center stage as they dismantled the New Zealand batting order while the youthful opening batsman Shubman Gill stole all the attention after scoring his first T20I century in the series finale. Ramiz Raja, a former head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has made a significant statement regarding India’s bowling assault following their victory against the Kiwis.
Ramiz claimed that India’s bowling lineup was created using the same guidelines as the Pakistani team. He cited similarities in both countries’ tempo attacks as evidence for his argument. “I often feel India took a look at Pakistan and designed their bowling attack the same way. Umran Malik has a pace just like Haris Rauf. Similarly, Arshdeep brings the left-arm angle like Shaheen Afridi. Wasim Jr. chips in during the middle-overs and so does Hardik Pandya, both have the same pace as well. Shivam Mavi also plays the role of a supporting bowler,” Ramiz said on his YouTube channel.
Ramiz added that beating India in their own backyard is a “big challenge. India’s spin department is a bit better than Pakistan’s. I always look at what Pakistan needs to improve whenever I see both sides playing. But, I think India’s bowling is looking ordinary. New Zealand just panicked. Beating India in India is a big challenge,” he added.