Indian cricket team management has always produced several greatest batsmen over the decades. At the same time, they were criticized for not producing more quality bowlers. However, in the present scenario, it is loud and clear that Indian cricket is not the same as before.
In fact, Indian cricket has evolved to a greater extent. There are potential match-winners in the batting and bowling departments now. Case in point, the right-arm fast bowler Navdeep Saini is likely to feature in India’s playing XI at the end of this year.
The fast bowler might get the nod from the national selectors after he showcased his mettle with the ball so far. The pacer has plenty of ingredients to outsmart or deceive the opposition batsmen. The bright prospect has done incredibly well in ODIs and T20Is.
Saini likely to play in Australia
The 27-year-old fast bowler represented the Indian team in 5 ODIs and 10 T20Is wherein he accounted for 5 and 13 wickets respectively. After making a decent mark in the limited-overs format, Saini would be licking his lips to do well in the longest format of the game.
India will be looking forward to defending the Border Gavaskar Trophy when they tour Australia later this year. Navdeep Saini is likely to get his cap to represent the Indian national cricket team against the hosts in December.
It would be a tough task for the selectors to pick the fast bowling unit for the Test squad. The veteran pacers namely Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up injuries during the IPL. Both of them ruled out of the rest of the tournament for obvious reasons.
After the four-match Test series, India and Australia will battle it out in the other two formats. Both teams will play three ODIs and as many T20Is. It is confirmed that Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will not travel with the Indian team for the Australia tour.
Hardik Pandya unfit for bowling
Hardik Pandya might not get a chance to be a part of the Test team. The all-rounder is yet to kick-start his bowling in full swing after recuperating from back surgery. In this case, the selectors are more likely to open the door for Navdeep Saini.
Meanwhile, a source close to India and Mumbai Indians all-rounder disclosed that Hardik Pandya is not fit to bowl in Tests. Moreover, the all-rounder is basically trying to improve his bowling action under the former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan.
“Hardik Pandya’s body can’t take the longer version at the moment, he is fine for the shorter versions though. He has changed his bowling action and is being monitored by former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan at the Mumbai Indians franchise,” the source added as quoted by Indian Express.