The former Sri Lankan pacer, Chaminda Vaas, has called the Indian pace attack best in the world before going to Champions Trophy 2017. He has lauded Indian pace attack and has called them strongest line-up at the moment,
“The main thing is fitness level. They are strong, bowling quick, learning fast from their games and are very consistent. I think this is the best group of fast bowlers in the world. India will produce more such fast bowlers as they play more matches in IPL and other tournaments,” Vaas said on the sidelines of a short coaching stint for boys selected from the ongoing Mitsui Shoji T20 tournament.
The pacer had a praise of word for Jasprit Bumrah, whom he called an improving bowler,
“I am sure whatever Malinga or Shane Bond (MI bowling coach) will tell him (Bumrah), he will implement. The best part is that he is giving his 100% which is important. He is improving day-by-day which is crucial for a fast bowler. He is doing well with the advice he is getting. He is doing a wonderful job at the moment,” Vaas said.
Indian selectors have included a total of four pacers in the line-up for the tournament namely Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav.
Both Yadav and Shami performed well in the home season comprising of 13 Test matches. Though Shami missed half of the season but he was also impressive in the first half. Talking of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the pacer is currently the purple cap holder in the IPL 2017 and there are no doubts that he will make most out of swinging conditions in England. In last Champions Trophy as well Bhuvi was the main pacer for Indian team and always assured a good start with the ball.
The fourth bowler in Indian line-up is Jasprit Bumrah, who in all probability will lead Indian pace attack. This will be the first time that he will play in England. Not just conditions, but his strange action will also benefit team India’s quest to defend the cup.
– Malinga Will Get His Rhythm Back
Further, Vass was also confident that Lasith Malinga will bounce back and will be key for the Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy,
“He is coming back from an injury (Malinga was out of competitive cricket since missing the last IPL due to a knee injury). He has not bowled for a year. When you don’t bowl for so long, it becomes difficult as fast bowling is all about fitness. He is someone who will always give his 100%. He practices hard, bowls plenty of balls in the nets to get his rhythm back. He may be on and off, but I am sure he will get his rhythm back and do well in the Champions Trophy,” Vaas said.
Malinga was injured during the T20 World Cup last year played in India. He had an early exit from the tournament and then went on to miss IPL 2016 as well. He made a return to the team for the three-match T20I series in Australia and then was also included in the T20I squad for Bangladesh series, He also scalped a hat-trick against Bangladesh.
However, Malinga hasn’t played any List A game from past one and a half year and his fitness in the 50 over contest will be a thing look out for. Though Sri Lankan selectors are satisfied by that Malinga has the ability to deliver full 10 overs.