A Strong Comeback in the Limelight
Ravi Bishnoi, a talented leg-spinner with a quick arm action and a knack for googlies, might just hold the key to India’s success at next year’s T20 World Cup. After a temporary absence from the national team, Bishnoi made a remarkable comeback by proving himself with astounding performances.
A few months back,Bishnoi maintained his skills by took 16 wickets for the Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL 2023 tournament.Impressed by his consistency and hard work,the selectors rewarded him spot in the Indian team for the series in the West Indies.Since then,the 23-year-old has been unstoppable,reaching the pinnacle of ICC’s T20I bowler rankings and earning the Player of the Series title during India’s dominating 4-1 victory over Australia.
With the next T20 World Cup just around the corner,Bishnoi has firmly established himself as one of India’s most potent spinners in the shortest format of the game.He faces tough competition from left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav for the solitary wrist-spinner slot in the playing XI for the World Cup, which will take place in North America.The slow,spin-friendly pitches expected in the Caribbean and the United States can greatly favor Bishnoi’s vast repertoire of skills, a boon for an Indian side aiming to replicate their 2007 success in South Africa.
Bishnoi’s bowling style might appear one-dimensional, relying heavily on the wrong ‘un rather than traditional leg-spin. However, his ability to outsmart even the most discerning batters has been a testament to his qualities. Despite his relatively short cricketing career of just under five years, Bishnoi displays a mature approach and tremendous composure, crucial traits for excelling in the craft of spin bowling.
Moreover, Bishnoi’s speed through the air and his accuracy have allowed him to thrive during Powerplay overs, where only two fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle. Even accomplished bowlers like Rashid Khan hesitate to bowl during this challenging phase of the game. While he faced initial struggles against Australia, leaking runs in the opener, Bishnoi quickly regained his rhythm and became a tormenting force alongside Axar Patel, leaving the Australian batters in disarray.
Adding to his repertoire, Bishnoi is an exceptional fielder who has showcased his brilliance with numerous memorable catches during the IPL.Additionally,he has dedicated significant effort to improving his batting,recognizing the importance of contributing as a lower-order batsman.His ability to score quick runs towards the end of an innings can have a game-changing impact.
In comparison to his competitor, Kuldeep Yadav, Bishnoi brings a more complete package to the table, which could incline the selectors in his favor. Just like Ravindra Jadeja’s selection preference in Test cricket, his well-rounded skills make him a valuable asset outside the subcontinent. The inclusive and supportive environment fostered by head coach Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman has encouraged emerging talents like Bishnoi to showcase their true potential without fear or hesitation.
Amidst relentless ambition and unwavering determination, Ravi Bishnoi aims to conquer the world stage and secure an elusive World Cup triumph for India. With his exceptional bowling prowess, versatile abilities, and unwavering spirit, he has the potential to be the trump card for the Indian team at the next year’s T20 World Cup.