India would be on their overseas assignment against Australia starting from November 21 and prior to that former Indian cricketer has revealed which Indian bowler he doesn’t want in the playing 11 for the first test.
India would be on a long and a rather hectic tour against the Kangaroos comprising three T20IS, four test matches and three ODIs. While the squads for all the three formats are announced, former Indian pacer, Ashish Nehera has put forth his views regarding the team combination for the first test. He has disclosed the name of one player whom he doesn’t want to feature in the first test.
Australian pitches favour the pacers unlike the Indian pitches which is a hub for the spinners. Keeping the pace and bouncy conditions in view, Ashish Nehera wants to have three pacers in the team namely, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and one between Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav.
He however doesn’t want the inclusion of Bhuvneshwar Kumar into the playing 11 for the first test because of his lack of abilities to swing the ball much.
“I don’t see Bhuvi starting in the first Test at least. He can struggle a bit with the old Kookaburra as it will not swing or seam like the Dukes or the SG Test.”
Commenting on the dilemma between the choice of Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami, he said that Yadav may not be that finesse with the ball despite featuring in the national side for long , however his skill set, height , strength and speed can be some of the important assets to create fear among the Australian batsmen. He further added that Umesh had the ability to reverse swing the older well owing to the great speeds that he generates.
“I still believe that Umesh is not a finished product after eight years but he is someone who has incredible skill sets. He is a strong lad and the fittest among the pacers bowlers in India. A testimony is his performances in Indian conditions where he can reverse the 65-70 overs old ball at a good speed. You need both skill and speed for that. He should feature sometime.”
Coming to Mohammad Shami, he said that he was particularly impressed with this cricketer’s performance in the second innings of the fifth test against England held at Oval. Performing boldly in such conditions and delivering one’s natural game overseas speaks volumes about a cricketer, he further added.
“What I liked was Shami bowling with fire in the second innings of the fifth Test at the Oval. Now that takes a lot of doing. I hope he can keep it up in Australia if he starts from the first Test.”
Nehera believes that Ishant’s expertise would play a key role in the Australian conditions. He has a count of 87 matches to his credit which speaks of his exposure to the international cricket. His wicket count may not be that fancy looking as compared to the number of matches, but it’s expertise that will help him deliver his best in foreign soil- he further added.
If you look at Ishant Sharma, the 87 tests that he has played is a testimony to his fitness. Often people will look at the wickets column, however, bowling 35-40 overs for more than a decade requires special skills.”
Nehera was all praises for India’s pace bowling attack and concluded his speech by lauding Bumrah as well. He said that Bumrah creates an angle while delivering balls at varied pace which is difficult for any opposition to catch if he doesn’t have prior experience of facing his bowling. Considering Australia’s inexperienced and fresh team at the moment,he can be a major threat for them as well – he concluded.
“Jasprit Bumrah is a much more skilful red-ball bowler than he perceived to be. His yorkers will come in very handy with the old kookaburra. Any batsman, who has not played Bumrah before can find it difficult to deal with the awkward angle his delivery creates.”