By: Tarish Bhatt
Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami not bowling that many overs against Sri Lanka. It could actually become a blessing in disguise for India. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja taking most of the work load with the ball.
The Indian pace battery is only going to remain fresh. And it will show great intent whenever the new ball is given to them. Mind you, for some strange reasons, there is no Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the playing XI.
He hasn’t played the last two Test matches and this means he should also be in great shape for the season. Also, it’s encouraging that the Indian pacers have been doing away from home.
Be it in Australia or be it in England, the Indian pace attack isn’t what it used to be a few years ago. They are much feared and respected, which is a good news. The roles of Bhuvneshwar, Umesh and Shami along with Ishant Sharma would be very crucial before the South Africa series.
The pacers not being overused like the spinners on sub-continent soil. It is also a perfect opportunity the likes of Bhuvneshwar to hone their skills for tougher challenge outside. Meanwhile, India are scheduled to play several ODIs and T20s before the South African series.
It would again host Lanka before flying off to South Africa. Therefore, it’s important that the fast bowlers are in great shape. They are, perhaps, the only hope of winning Test matches away from home.