After a poor performance in the last T20 World Cup, Team India is eager to perform well this time. That is why we have seen so many players for India and the management is experimenting a lot. The main purpose of this is to get the right combination for the upcoming ICC mega event. However, the multi-national tournament is still two months away, but the trying and testing mode is on.
India will play a few more T20 series before the T20 World Cup, which will include the Asia Cup, which will start on August 28. The Indian think-tank would like to refine the best pace bowling attack before the start of the T20 World Cup. However, many former cricketers and cricket analysts have shared their picks for the marquee event already. A former fielding coach has also shared his opinion on India’s first-choice pacer bowlers.
Notably, since the last T20 World Cup, India has used a total of 11 pace bowlers in different series. A few bowlers got the reward of performing well in the IPL 2022. In a discussion with Cricket.com, R. Sridhar spoke on the possible Indian pace trio for the mega-event. His first-choice pacers are Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Mohammed Shami. He feels that Bhuvi can bowl well with both the new and old ball.
Bumrah can take care to slow the run-rate in the middle overs and then come back to take wickets in the death overs. On the other hand, he reckons that Shami will be ideal to put pressure on the opposition. In addition, India also has Hardik Pandya, who can be flexible as required.
Sridhar said, “I think our top three fast bowlers would be Bumrah, Shami, and Bhuvi. Hardik is bowling and Jadeja is an all-rounder, we have the fifth and sixth bowler covered. When it is the World Cups you need the big boys to go in and play and these are the three as far as fast bowling in concerned and backed by another big boy in Hardik.”
Notably, Bhuvi has been exceptional for India since the last T20 World Cup. He has picked up 23 wickets in 18 games at a decent economy of 6.94. Harshal has also taken 23 wickets in 16 games but has conceded runs of over 9. Bumrah has played only three games and has three wickets, while Shami hasn’t played any T20I games.