Zaheer Khan picks the Indian pace line-up for Adelaide Test
Former Indian left-arm fast bowler Zaheer Khan has named his line-up of Indian fast bowlers for the first Test of the four-match Test series against Australia.
After the three-match T20I series, the hosts Australia and the visitors India are now focusing on the four-match Test series, starting on December 6. The talks on the series are raising day by day as the visitors seem to have a good chance in the tournament.
To win a Test series in Australia, it’s always important to have a proper pace battery as the conditions in Australia are more favorable to pacers. India is touring Australia with the five in-form pacers – Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Ishant Sharma.
Former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan has picked his best pace line-up for the first Test that starts in Adelaide on December 6. The 40-year-old former Indian left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan feels that the experience will be the key factor in this tour and he wants Ishant Sharma o lead the pace attack.
“Looking at the Australia tour and at the fast bowling unit which is going there, you look at the five fast bowlers and most of them have been to Australia. If you purely look at the Test tour to Australia, you have Ishant leading the pack, who is on his fourth tour now. So, that is something which is heaps of experience which is very important as well.”
But the former fast bowler doesn’t include Bhuvneshwar Kumar in his preferred fast bowling attack for the first Test. Zaheer said on this, “The first Test match is starting in Adelaide. You expect Shami, who has been in a great rhythm in England to perform.
Bumrah can provide the x-factor and I hope that he plays all the four Test matches. That will be very handy. Umesh I think has been the strike bowler. You have these four bowlers (including Ishant Sharma) and the team management would be thinking of picking three from these four.”
“Bhuvneshwar will rely on the swing and Australian conditions don’t really provide that. You will see good bounce and pace on the wicket. Unlike South Africa or England for that matter where you see some good sideways movement as well.
Just for that reasoning, I would say that maybe for the first couple of Test matches, the Indian team will not be looking at Bhuvneshwar as first priority. The remaining four will be in contention for being a part of the playing XI,” Zaheer added.