Per Chairman of India selectors, MSK Prasad, the present team picked for South Africa tour features the best pace ensemble. The selector said India is with “one of the best bowling attacks to tour South Africa”. In the squad, the featured pace bowlers are Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma. It is evident that the set comprise of the top pace options India possess presently. Bumrah will have his Test cap in the tournament.
Prasad spoke about diversity within the pace options as well. He pointed Shami and Umesh Yadav as the fastest, bowling at 140 km per hour, which is the reason of their selection. Bumrah is selected because of his variety in bowling. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s ability to swing the ball both ways added him to the team. While, Ishant Sharma is included for his experience in international games. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, meanwhile, is expected to provide a whole new dimension to bowling attacks. Prasad concluded that the selection comprises of ‘five different types of bowlers.’ He added, India now has a ‘very balanced side.’
Per Prasad, the previous victory against South Africa at home is only a morale booster. He also commented on Ajinkya Rahane, who is though a low form in his recent innings. The chairman said he is the key player of the team at international circuit. He said the fact that Rahane has scored in many international stadiums should be appreciated. Prasad said, he is not worried about Rahane’s form stating that the player played enough matches.
India will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is against South Africa in the upcoming tour. The first match of the tour sets off in January 05, with the first Test, continuing to February 24, with the final T20I. Previously, Sourav Ganguly posed his skepticism over India’s form to tussle South Africa at home. Although the former captain is happy with the set of players and their games, he said the batsmen in the team should be able to score well.
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