Senior India bowler Poonam Yadav on Tuesday admitted that the spin department of the Indian team is not up to the mark in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa further saying that India’s spin bowlers are working on bringing changes to their game strategy.
The India Women’s team is known for its spectacular spin attack & was let down by its tweakers in the five match ODI series which the visitors have already won by 3-1 score. Apart from Rajeshwari Gayakwad who scalped five wickets in four matches the other spinners have failed to make an impact in the ODI series.
“We beat South Africa in South Africa and also when they came here. But our spin attack hasn’t been that successful now,” Poonam Yadav said during a virtual pre-match press conference ahead of the fifth ODI on Wednesday.
“So, we talk about what we can work on in the practice sessions. We discuss that if the wicket isn’t assisting then next what? When the wicket isn’t helping what changes can we make, we are focusing on that,” she added.
However, she is hopeful of the team displaying a better performance in the three match T20I series starting from Saturday. “In T20s we will try to do better. Maybe we weren’t able to implement our plans in ODIs. But we are working on it and will improve in the matches ahead.”
The leg spinner has been unable to scalp even a single wicket in the four matches she has played in five match ODI series so far.
“Being a senior player, the role I have in the team I haven’t been able to fulfil in these matches but going ahead I will try and perform as per the needs of the team. Because in T20 you can’t go in for wickets you go to contain (the batter),” she said.
Poonam said that she has worked on adding variations in her bowling stint during the COVID-19 enforced lockdown but needs a few more matches to perfect it.
“I have added variations. I have added the flipper, tried it in the match, but we are playing after a long time due to COVID-19,” she said.
“Maybe it will take a little more time for us to settle down. I need to work more on the flipper,” she added.
Captain Mithali Raj has turned to her Vice-Captain Harmanpreet Kaur with the ball several times in the ODI series & Poonam Yadav reckons that the T20 captain can help team India if she does bowling in T20I format as well.
“We talk a little, she asks how her ball was because being on the field only a bowler can help the other. She has been working on her bowling and has done well. If she bowls in T20s it will help our team.”