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Eventhough India won both its pre—World Cup warm—up games the team’s fast bowlers didn’t gain any confidence from that, says former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar who would not be surprised if “one of the pacers break down in the middle of the tournament”.

Manjrekar told ‘Mobile ESPN’ that “I don’t think the warm—up games helped either Ashish Nehra or Munaf Patel in any manner. Their confidence will have definitely taken a dip after these two matches. These two bowlers also looked a bit fragile while fielding. That is a major weakness for India going into this big tournament, With Zaheer Khan also yet to attain full fitness, I will not be surprised if one of the pacers break down in the middle of the tournament,”.

The Indian team has defeated defending champions Australia and New Zealand in their warm—up ties on Sunday and Wednesday, respectively, however, Munaf and Nehra were far from being impressive in both the matches.They bowled 4 wicketless overs between them during the win over Australia in Bangalore. In the 117—run victory over Kiwis in Chennai, Nehra took a couple of wickets but conceded 55 runs in his 7 overs while Munaf once again went wicketless in his three—over spell.

While talking about the spinners, S Manjrekar praised leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and R Ashwin for their fine show in the warm—up games.He said that “Chawla will be delighted with his impressive showing. If his services are required in the middle of the tournament you won’t have a nervous leg—spinner playing his first World Cup game, this is a major plus point for the Indian team going into the mega—event. Also Ashwin was brilliant on Wednesday (against New Zealand),”.

Indian seamers can break down at any time says Sanjay Manjrekar
Originally published on: All India Today

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