The crop of Indian fast bowlers traveling to Australia for the Test Series around is the kind of crop never seen before. The fact that the seed was planted years ago also means that most of them have toured Australia at least twice.
The Indian Team bowlers have a perfect blend of different skill sets required to win a test match. It all started for Ishant Sharma back in the days when he became a nuisance for Ricky Ponting as he is all set to be the leader of the pack. On the other ends, we have the master of reverse swing- Mohammad Shami and a man whose style of bowling is completely suited to Australia- Umesh Yadav.
That still leaves us with 2 more star bowlers- Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. “India’s best ever bowling attack”, they said- ‘Very Well Said’. The problem though is only 4 fast bowlers are likely to play with India all set to go in with Ashwin as the lone spinner with a bit of help from Hanuma Vihari. So who will India drop and who will India field in the XI?
According to the former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan, Jasprit Bumrah is the ‘X’ factor in the Indian Team and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s style of bowling might not suit him in Australia. He further added that ‘Bhuvi’ is the kind of bowler who relies on the swing and considering the pitches in Australia are going to be flat, Captain Kohli should disregard him at least for the first few matches. Having said that, Zaheer was quick to let everyone know that if India were playing in England or South Africa Bhuvneshwar Kumar would always be his go-to bowler.
It would be interesting to see how this shapes up. What do you think? Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Jasprit Bumrah or maybe even drop someone else and play both? Do let us know in the comments section below.