New Delhi. IPL is in a different color this time. This time the champion teams like Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are falling apart, then the color of veteran cricketers like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma is blown away. Even in fast bowling, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar are not able to rise above average, while Umran Malik’s enthusiasm is filling the batsmen with fear. Overall, IPL 2022 is showing signs of a change in the face of the Indian team. We can get to see new names especially in bowling. When we asked former coach Lalchand Rajput to pick the five best fast bowlers in the country on the basis of current performance, he dropped the names of two pacers out of the four who had led India in the T20 World Cup even six months ago.
Former coach Lalchand Rajput discussed Indian fast bowling in detail during Facebook Live from News18 Hindi. During this we asked which 5 fast bowlers he would include if he had to choose the Indian team for the next T20 World Cup. Rajput, who made India the world champion in 2007, took the name of Jasprit Bumrah as expected in response. He said that although Bumrah is not in his full color in IPL, but the big reason for this is the pressure on him. There is no other big or experienced bowler in Mumbai Indians’ pace attack other than Bumrah, due to which they are putting extra effort, which only results in increasing pressure.
Lalchand Rajput, who is coaching the Zimbabwe team, included another name of Umran Malik in the Indian pace attack for the T20 World Cup. Rajput said that Umran is not only bowling fast, but is also taking wickets continuously. This quality of taking wickets will make him more dangerous in Australia. The Indian Cricket Board should include Umran in Team India after the IPL and give him international experience, so that this bowler can shine further till the World Cup. Let us tell you that the next T20 World Cup is to be held in Australia this year.
Rajput, who played for the Indian team in the 1980s, said that he would include Mohammed Shami in the team as the third bowler. Shami is adept at bowling with both the new and the old ball. He has such excellent control over seam and swing that he can bowl effectively on any pitch. Shami has been proving himself continuously for the last 8-10 years. Rajput named Deepak Chahar (if fit) as the fourth bowler. He said that Deepak’s swing bowling is the best gift for any team. Useful batting down the order is like a bonus.
Before taking the name of the fifth bowler, Lalchand Rajput said that the selection of Team India is going to prove to be a good headache for the selectors. He said that as the fifth bowler, Team India has many options. On the one hand, there are left-arm bowlers like Arshdeep Singh, T Natarajan, Yash Dayal, who will bring variety to the team. On the other hand there are some bowlers like Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, who are doing amazing in the death overs. But he himself will choose the famous Krishna for the fifth bowler. This bowler gets good bounce by hitting the seam. Knows how to bowl with accurate line length. Knows how to change his bowling according to power play and death overs. His presence in Australia will make Team India more dangerous.
Cricket lovers know that the last T20 World Cup was played in UAE about six months ago. For this, 4 fast bowlers were included in the Indian team. Apart from Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur were included in these. If Lalchand Rajput is to be believed, this time it may be difficult for Bhuvneshwar and Shardul to play in the World Cup to be held in Australia.
FIRST PUBLISHED : April 29, 2022, 19:12 IST