Originally Posted by zorax
The question I have now is why are we okay with out bowling being ****? Simply saying 'well, it always used to be ****, and we still used to win' isn't sufficient. Top sides need to excel in both departments, not just be brilliant in one and passable in the other.
India's bowling has been poor for decades now, if not longer. I can't remember the last time an India attack struck fear in the hearts of opposing lineups, unless it was Kumble and Bhajji at home (with a bit of Kartik). Surely something must change?
Some (Siddarth Monga was it?) gave a good analogy with Pakistan recently - they've got an extremely flimsy batting lineup, but due to their amazing bowling attack they have managed to win a lot more games than people though they would. India, on the flip side, managed to draw a lot more games due to the amazing batting.
Bowling wins matches, shouldn't excellence in that department be what India strives for?
The point is that India's bowlers were pretty meh during their run to number 1. They're struggling because it's their batting that's now ****ed, their bowling isn't significantly worse than it was 2 years ago.
Plus, saying bowling wins you Tests is far too simplistic a way of looking at things.