In the ongoing series against West Indies, the struggles of Indian bowling unit is evident. In the first T20, India conceded a mammoth total of 207 but they were lucky enough to win the match. That was followed by a humiliating loss in the second T20 by 8 wickets. Indian bowlers were literally hit to all parts of the ground which set quite a few alarm bells ringing keeping in mind the next year’s World T20 in Australia.
The main problem lies in the fast bowling department to be very specific as in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah India have leaked a plenty of runs in the powerplay overs and death overs alike. Bhuvneshwar kumar has made a very disappointing return to the Indian Team and looked very rusty. Deepak Chahar after impressing in the series against Bangladesh has been disastrous to say the least. Talking about Shivam Dubey, he is yet to show his skills with ball.
In an interview recently, Kohli had mentioned that three spots are almost occupied by Bhuvneshwar kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami so now they are looking one more fast bowler. So here is my probable list of fast bowlers who might be on the flight to Australia next year.
The Haryana born fast bowler was named in the Indian Team on back of strong domestic and IPL performances alike. Making his debut in the T20 series against West Indies he picked up 3 wickets earning match of the match for the same. So far he has picked up 6 wickets in 5 matches at an economy of 8. Unfortunately, he got ruled out from the current series against the same opponents after he suffered a groin injury during the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Considering his pace and height, he can turnout to be very useful in those pitches in Australia which offer pace and bounce for the fast bowlers plus if he can execute the yorkers at the death, he can definitely be an asset. We can certainly consider him to be a strong contender for that remaining slot keeping in mind his performances leading up to the World Cup.
The left arm pacer from Rajasthan has represented India in 14 T20s and has got decent returns by picking up 13 wickets in those outings. Being a left arm pacer, he will get an added advantage against his counterparts but that’s just not enough as he has to perform if he wants to get back into the reckoning. He has traveled the Australian shores before but couldn’t perform well there picking only 3 wickets so he would be looking to make amends this time if an opportunity arises.
However, everything depends on his future performances as in the recent series against Bangladesh, he was very disappointing and was hit for 5 fours in an over by Mushfiqur Rahim. He turned out to very expensive in that whole series which resulted in him getting dropped for the series against West Indies.
One of the spearhead of India’s pace attack in test cricket can turnout to be a dark horse for the next year’s World T20 squad in Australia. He can be a very handy pick for India considering his experience of playing there. He has a knack of picking up wickets in the powerplay overs and has the potential to bowl good yorkers at the death too.
Though his past two IPL seasons have been very contrasting. In 2018, he was the 4th highest wicket taker among everyone with 20 wickets, 18 of those wickets had come in the first 6 overs whereas in 2019 season he picked up only 8 wickets in 11 matches. He needs to bring consistency in his bowling. Next IPL will be very decisive in deciding his fate in the team.
The Indian fast bowler has impressed in the limited chances he has got picking 15 wickets from 9 matches he has played. With the new ball he has picked up 8 wickets at an average of 17 giving away just over 6 runs per over as his strength generally lies in using the new cherry. But he has been found wanting against quality batsmen, especially in the death overs.
He needs help from the pitch and conditions which might not be the case in Australia next year as pitches there are good for batting. So to make a strong case for his selection next year, he needs to add something more to his bowling repertoire as India already has Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has quite similar features.