We all are aware about the importance of a bowler in the shortest format of cricket, however it seems more dependent on batsmen that what score they manage their to get but at the end it all comes on the shoulder of bowlers that whether they would be able to defend it or not.
And on this, Indian former bowling prodigy Ashish Nehra also believed the same as the biggest T20 league in the world IPL (Indian Premier League) is on its way and the veteran bowler who is the of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) coaching staff in the league thinks that that in terms of cricketing contribution, bowlers have an equal role to play.
In this IPL, Nehra will try to back the RCB bowlers and his job would be to tell the bowlers what to bowl when.
In an interview, the 38-year-old said, “As a batter even if you don’t score for five-six innings, and then you score a 120-ball 40 or a 130-ball 50, it is more highlighted. But it is other way round for a bowler. You might pick three wickets in four overs giving away 25 runs, it may go unnoticed. But if you give 60 runs in four overs, it will get highlighted”.
“But in terms of cricketing contribution, I feel bowlers have an equal role to play, especially at a venue like Bangalore or Mumbai, where everybody knows wicket is going to be a belter. Be it Tests, ODIs or T20s, bowlers have to do well to win the match. You can’t win a Test match by scoring a 1,000 runs. You will have to take 20 wickets to win it,” Nehra explained.
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