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‘Our top three fast bowlers would be…’: Sridhar chooses India’s pace attack for T20WC | cricket

Since the last T20 World Championship in the United Arab Emirates, India have played against 11 pace bowlers. Few were added to the then-existing roster after their impressive show in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) while two others were newly added after the 2022 season.

With the 2022 T20 World Cup just two months away, auditions continue for the 15-man roster for India, which remains in experimental mode with a few white-ball series still to play, including the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Among them is one of the fast bowlers and former Indian field coach R Sridhar has picked his top three players who will start for the Indian team at the World Cup in Australia later in October. Also read | ‘We’ve seen it with Gavaskar and Kapil Dev, Tendulkar and Ganguly’: Top BCCI official opens up on Kohli-Rohit debate

Since the last T20 World Championship in the United Arab Emirates, India have played against 11 pace bowlers. Few were added to the then-existing roster after their impressive show in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) while two others were newly added after the 2022 season.

Speaking to Cricket.com about India’s possible line-up for the T20 World Cup, Sridhar picked Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He reckoned that Bhuvneshwar could take care of old and new ball, Shami could prove deadly against opposing attacks, while Bumrah could stop the flow of runs in the middle overs and then take care of bowling in the death overs. Not to forget, India also has a fast bowling all-rounder in Hardik Pandya.

“I think we have an abundance problem, don’t we? Look, I’ll be straight and I’ll get to the point. I think our top three fast bowlers would be Bumrah, Shami and Bhuvi. Because when you have that, in Bhuvi you have an absolute banker, banker, banker, new-ball bowler and death-over bowler who is at his best when it comes to fitness.”

“And we have Shami who will come up with the new ball and ask a lot of questions from the best opening batsmen in the world. So you can bowl Bhuvi and Shami twice, and now that Hardik is bowling and Jadeja is an all-rounder, ‘we’ve got the fifth and sixth bowlers covered. When it comes to the Worlds, the big boys have to go in and play, and that’s who they are three in terms of fast bowling and backed by another big boy in Hardik,” he said.

Bhuvneshwar has been India’s top bowler since the last World Cup, recording 23 wickets in 18 innings at 6.94 runs per over. Harshal Patel has picked as many wickets in 16 innings but has gone nearly 9 carries and an over. Bumrah has been the least active among pacesetters used since the last World Cup, playing in just three three-wicket games, while Shami has not appeared in a single T20I game for India since November 2021.

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