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Dhawan, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar visit home arena of NBA Miami Heats

Florida, Aug 25 (IANS) Indian cricketers Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Thursday visited the home arena of American professional basketball club Miami Heats here.

The Indian cricket team is in the United States to play a two-match Twenty20 International series against reigning World T20 champions West Indies at the Central Broward Regional Park here on August 27 and 28.

The latest recruits of the Miami Heats — Tyler Johnson and Briante Weber — hosted the Indian trio at their home ground, The American Airlines Arena.

The Indian players were taken around the locker room, gymnasium and the recuperation centre before indulging in a brief bout of play between the five of them.

Shikhar and Bhuvneshwar were chatting up the hosts, while Ashwin seemed to have gone back to his school days of playing basketball.

“It was great fun. I am very happy we could make it here. Exchanging thoughts about how the sports have transformed with the latest technology is always good. While I tried to explain to these guys how cricket is played, they in return taught me the finer details of basketball,” Dhawan said.

Bhuvneshwar said: “It was great to see these guys and learn about their game. I was impressed with the facilities here and it was a learning experience for me to see the amount of technology being used in sports science.”

Speaking about his visit to the Miami Heats home arena, off-spinner Ashwin said: “I’ve played a bit of basketball during my school days so that got me really excited while I tried my hand again after so many years. I am thankful to both Weber and Johnson for taking time out and showing us around their home turf.”

The other Indian players had a field day in the new country as some of them went around shopping, while a few others chose to relax at the hotel.

The social media handles of players and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were active with posts and pictures ever since they landed in the US.


Is Bhuvneshwar Kumar the answer to bowling woes of India?

Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave a new blood to his roller costar career.  During the ongoing four-match Test series in West Indies, the 26-year-old medium pacer has produced an outstanding spell to leave the West Indies dressing room in tatters.

India, in a four-match series in the Caribbean, has won the first Test at Vivian Richards Stadium, the second Test of the series was drawn by the West Indies. Roston Chase scored a hundred and captain Jason Holder scored fifty to restrict India from extending the lead of series 2-0. The pair of Chase and Holder got a reasonable help from Jermaine Blackwood who also scored a fifty.

India from a position of winning the match, ended up with a frustrating draw as Indian bowlers were made toothless for more than two seasons of the fifth day of the Jamaica Test.

The drawn match didn’t go well with Indian captain Virat Kohli  as after winning the first Test match he declared that his team would whitewash West Indies, but the dream was spoiled by West Indies lower order batsmen and Indian bowlers’ inability.

So, Virat with a hunger in the belly to win the next two match drop three players-batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, spinner Amit Mishra, fast bowler Umesh Yadav- from the playing XI. The changes worked well for Virat Kohli as India won the third Test by massive 237 runs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s comeback 

Among the three costly changes, Virat’s decision to give young and improved Bhuvneshwar Kumar a chance  to prove which worked wonders. Otherwise, his decision to swap Cheteshwar Pujara with Rohit Sharma and Amit Mishra with Ravindra Jadeja didn’t work well.

India batting first scored 353 thanks to Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha’s hundred. Virat might have endured criticism if a Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn’t rise like a phoenix. West Indies started the third day with 202 for 4 were at a good position. The Indian captain was visibly frustrated as the breakthrough was not coming.

Virat introduced Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 90th over of  West Indies’ innings. From there India didn’t have to look back as the comeback bowler wrecked havoc in the West Indies batting line-up. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s newly found form bowled out West Indies for 225. The Uttar Pradesh bowler notched up his third Test career five wickets haul. India got a 128 run lead.

Indeed, a great turnaround for India.

Captain Kohli was a relieved man. But a day of the match was washed away due to torrential rain. In the second innings, India declared scoring 217 runs  and gave a lead of 345. West Indies had only two seasons  in hand on the final day of the match. Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Ravindra Jadeja  bowled out West Indies for 108 runs, India won the match by 237 runs and series by a 2-0 margin, with the final Test in Port of Spain remaining.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar ended  with match figures of six wickets . It was a perfect comeback for a bowler who was foreseen as an answer to the India’s bowling woe.

In 2012 a 22-year-old scrawny  Bhuvneshwar Kumar said a roaring hello to the international cricket. He bowled Nasir Jamshed  of Pakistan in the very first delivery of his ODI debut , bowled Mohammad Hafiz in his first delivery of T20I debut. In Test debut in  2013, he had played an integral part  to whitewash Australia in the home series.

In 2014 India’s forgettable tour of England, he has taken 19 wickets at an average of 26.63 average. It was an achievement for an Indian bowler. But during the 2014-2015 India’s tour of Australia  Bhuvneshwar Kumar received an injury that curtailed his  momentum.

Lean patch of Kumar 

Since then Bhuvneshwar Kumar was overlooked for Test cricket.  Though he was considered for limited over cricket main team in the 2015 World Cup, the Meerut bowler played only on the match against UAE.

During India tour of Bangladesh and home ODI series against South Africa, Bhuvneshwar Kumar failed to make an impression. He gained speed, but line and length were missing from his bowling. He was brutally beaten by the South African and Bangladesh batsmen.

IPL hard work paid off!

During the  WT20 in India Kumar was not considered for the main team. But this determined bloke  regained his form in 2016 IPL. He ended the season as the height wicket taker with 23 wickets in  17 matches.

His medium pace with vicious swing helped Sunrisers Hyderabad  to lift the IPL trophy.

His performance helped him to gain back the place in Test cricket, and in the very first match, he left a mark.

BCCI should nourish fitness of the Meerut bowler

Now the 26-year-old bowler considered for the two-match T20I series against West Indies which will be played on 27 and 28 August.  But the  right arm bowler will be tested during India’s home series against New Zealand and England in two back to back series.

It is expected that the rejuvenated Kumar, an improvised version of another Kumar (Praveen), will be key to India’s success against New Zealand and England, who have one of the best batting sides in contemporary cricket.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has all the ingredients of Pakistani bowlers at their best, need to be nourished by BCCI fitness trainer and  head coach Anil Kumble, who is himself a great bowler and understands the psychology of bowlers better than anyone.

Kumar with Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami may make a lethal bowling combination for India.

However, the longevity of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in international cricket will depend on his fitness.


Bhuvneshwar’s five-for changed things for India: Virat Kohli

St. Lucia, Aug 14 (IANS) India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli heaped praise on Bhuvneshwar Kumar, saying that the seam bowler’s impressive five-wicket haul in the first innings changed things around for the visitors against the West Indies in the third Test match.

India scored a dramatic 237-run win in the third Test and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series against the West Indies at the Darren Sammy National Cricket stadium here on Saturday.

Chasing an imposing 346-run target on the fifth and final day of the match, the West Indies were bundled out for 108 in 47.3 overs during the post-lunch session.

India had won first Test by an innings and 92 runs at Antigua and the West Indies drew the second Test at Kingston in Jamaica.

The fourth Test will be played at Port of Spain from August 18-22.

“Bhuvneshwar Kumar was amazing in the afternoon, and picking up five wickets for 28 runs on that pitch in 24 overs was a great spell. That really changed things around for us. Not to forget the first innings, where the way Wriddhiman Saha and R. Ashwin batted was really top class Test cricket as well,” Kohli told reporters after the win.

“The team is feeling really good, especially because we didn’t have a day of play in Jamaica and fifth day was really testing for us. We didn’t get the result we wanted. Here also we played two good days of Test cricket, then lost day 3, but again on day 4 bowlers came back and executed what we wanted to.”

“So the team is really happy that we could execute our plans and wrap up the series here. Now we can play with more positive intent in Trinidad and express ourselves fully and understand the areas we still need to improve on,” he added.

Darren Bravo was the only batsman in the West Indies’ second innings who put up some resistance with a fighting 59. But he quickly ran out partners and was eventually dismissed by Indian pacer Mohammed Shami which left the West Indies struggling at 95/8.

Mohammad Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers with three wickets in the second innings, while Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja shared two each. Bhuveneshwar and Ravichandran Ashwhin bagged one wicket each.

“In bowling we replaced Umesh Yadav with Bhuvi because we felt that since the ground is so good it would be easier to maintain the shine on the ball. The pitch was also hard so there was carry. Bhuvi gave us the results, gave us breakthroughs with the second new ball,” the Delhi-born said.

“If you make three changes you might feel that it might to be too strong a reaction. But we realised that if we have to seal the series here then we had to make changes according to the conditions,” the skipper added.

Wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha and Ashwin struck centuries each to rescue India after an early batting collapse and Kohli credited the duo and termed the 200-plus run partnership as the best in the series.

“You are in a positive frame of mind. If you are sceptical, if you are hesitant you will not get the result. I think everyone was hungry to change things around after Jamaica because we understood that we have the momentum, we are playing good cricket, and we are on top in ever Test match so we need to finish things off,” the 27-year-old said.

“I am really glad people stepped up at the right time and did the job for us. Even Saha and Ashwin in the first innings, and that was probably the most important partnership in the series. We had quite a few but that for me stands out till now in terms of where the series has gone.”

“We have been able to seal the game because of the effort of those two. If we lost two more wickets you never know we wouldn’t have been on top in the Test match. Lot of credit goes to those two as well,” Kohli signed off.


5 key contributors for India in the 3rd Test match against West Indies

The Indian Cricket team defeated West Indies by 237 runs in the 3rd test match at ST Lucia. By the virtue of this win, India took a 2-0 lead in the series with 1 match to spare. Despite the 3rd day washed out due to rain, the Indian team played positive cricket winning the test match and also series. Here we look at the 5 key contributors for India in the 3rd test match against West Indies.

  1. R Ashwin

R Ashwin played a key role for India in the 3rd test match. He came to the crease at 126 for 5. Ashwin showed class with solid technique and recovered from early losses of the wicket. In the first test match also he scored a century which helped India to register a win. At the end of the first day, he remained not out on 75. On the second day, Ashwin completed his second century of the series. He was dismissed for 118 runs. Because of his contributions, India was able to post a competitive total of 353. Along with this he picked 3 wickets in the match and was named the man of the match for his efforts.

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West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite praises Bhuvneshwar kumar

West Indies Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite  who scored  64 off 163 balls against India in the third Test at St. Lucia says he is slowly improving as a batsman and looking to play towards his strength. The 23-year old’s knock  helped  West Indies get a decent 225 but they are still at a tough condition to save the match.

Speaking at the end of Day four, Brathwaite said, “I have always been working on different aspects of the game. When I first started off, I had a few things to work on, technical stuff. But now, I’m improving as a batsman. I know my strengths and weakness and just play towards my strengths.”

India at the end of day four scored 157 for losing three wickets, with a lead of 285 runs and Brathwaite believes they will have to bat well to escape defeat.

“India has a very good lead, but tomorrow as batsmen we have got to come and work hard and build partnerships,” he said.

On Day four the host started with 202 for three but Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar wrecked a havoc on their batting line up so they folded up inside paltry 225 runs.

Brhwatwaite praised Bhuvneshwar Kumar.  “We think Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled well with the new ball. When he took that new ball it was the key because he took four quick wickets.”

He was asked how West Indies all approach the Day 5, Brathwaite said, “Like I said, they have a decent lead. So obviously we have to see what they do tomorrow in terms of the declaration. We think the pitch is still a good one and in terms of the time we have the key is to assess it as a batting group and decide whether to go for the win or the draw. We will see when the declaration comes, what we will go for.”

The lanky batsman also said that he was not quite surprised as to why he and his off spinning partner Roston Chase were given the bulk of the bowling in India’s second innings saying he would love to get some wickets with the ball. “Don’t really see it as surprising. The only thing was that we were a couple of minutes behind. That was one of the reasons. Unfortunately, we went for too many boundaries but still I think we have a job to do as a team tomorrow,” he said.

“I just do what the captain wants me to do. Back in Sri Lanka, I got six wickets, but right here, we’ve got Roston Chase as a front-line spinner, so for me, if the captain wants me to come and keep it tight or try to get a breakthrough, I try my best.”

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Playing a Test after so long made me nervous: Bhuvneshwar

St. Lucia, Aug 13 (IANS) India’s seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has said that making a return to Test cricket after a long time against the West Indies here made him a bit nervous.

Bhuvneshwar’s last Test was in Australia in January last year, as he has been playing limited-overs cricket, but due to injury problems he has been in and out of the playing XI.

He claimed five wickets for 33 to bundle out the West Indies for 225 runs in the first innings of the third Test. At stumps on Day 4 on Friday, the visitors were leading by overall 285 runs with a day to play.

“There was no pressure as such but if you are playing after so long there are some nerves, whatever format you play. If I play in club cricket even then I have some nerves. But when I came to the ground and bowled the first ball everything felt normal,” Bhuvneshwar told reporters after the fourth day’s play on Friday.

“Maybe because I was thinking only about the process and focussing on that came from practice. I practice the way I am bowling in the match but it is not easy to sit outside for so long and then come back. It is not frustrating always, but it is not easy either,” he added.

India reached 157/3 in their second innings, with Ajinkya Rahane (51 not out) and Rohit Sharma (41 not out) remaining unbeaten.

The 26-year-old said that he did not think he would claim five wickets after his return to the longest format of the game.

“The biggest point was that the ball was swinging and when that happens it is a boost for me. I have a better chance to take wickets. After lunch, I could do that and when you get one wicket you get confidence that you can take more wickets.”

“When I was bowling it was the same in my mind that these are the 7-8 overs in which I can take wickets. I did not think I would take five wickets but that comes with the momentum,” he added.

“We had a talk within the team if we can get them out before tea we will have enough time to get them out twice. We discussed our plans and we knew what we had to do. So our mindset was such that we had to get them out quickly if we had to win the match,” the Meerut-born said.


I think we can get them out again: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

The third Test between India and West Indies was looking all set to end in draw after the rain washed out the third day’s play and then West Indies batsmen performing well with the bat but then a brilliant display of swing bowling from comeback man Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the visitors to a good position in the match. Kumar took  five for 33 off 23.4 as the hosts were dismissed for only 225. Interacting with the media after the day’s play, the 26-year old spoke on his bowling , the match, pitch and much more.


On bowling outswingers differently to Samuels and Blackwood:

There was not a particular reason but it was something I was trying in the nets. Because it makes some kind of angle that makes it difficult for the batsmen to play so that was the thing I was practicing in the nets. When I bowling to both of them, I was trying to bowl close to the stumps. There wasn’t a particular plan for Samuels but for both I was trying that thing.

On change in the momentum:

Biggest point was that the ball was swinging because when that happens it is a boost for me because I have more chances to take wickets. Especially after lunch I could do that so you can say that break was something positive for me because I got a break and I had to bowl after that. So when you get one wicket you get the confidence that you can bowl further and when I was bowling it was the same in my mind that these are the 7-8 overs in which I can take wickets. I didn’t think I would take five wickets but that comes with the momentum.

On the pitch and will it assist him on the final day:

It is very difficult to say that tomorrow I will get swing again because if you see earlier in the first innings I didn’t get as much swing, maybe the wicket was a bit damp. Today I got a lot of swing, maybe the ball was a good one. It is tough to say, so it is tough to predict for tomorrow, but there is something in the pitch for the bowlers so I think we can get them out again.

On his calm nature unlike other pacers:

It has been my nature from beforehand itself. I don’t get angry when someone drops a catch or (when) batsmen say something. From the beginning itself it wasn’t something I prepared for but this is something natural in me. You can say that my whole focus is to get the process right so I don’t get distracted with these things.

On his comeback after a long gap:

I played after almost one and a half years. I didn’t do anything specific for that, but when we had the camp in Bangalore so that’s the time when I started preparing for this series in particular. So I didn’t do anything different. I just knew that it will swing a bit here and there will be something in it for the fast bowlers. I prepared in that way only. For Test matches you need fitness so that’s the thing I was working most.

On the team’s plans:

We had a talk about that thing that if we can get them out before Tea, we will have enough time to get them out twice. We discussed our plans and we knew what we had to do but for that we needed to take wickets. After Lunch, when I got the first wicket I knew that this is the time if we can get one or two wickets, we can get them out. So, yes, we made our mindset that we had to get them out quickly if we had to win the Test match.

On fitness, consistency:

When I found out that I was playing I was a bit nervous. There was no pressure as such but if you are playing after so long there are some nerves, whatever format you play. For me, if I play in club cricket still I have some nerves. But when I came to the ground and bowled the first ball, everything felt normal. Maybe because I was thinking only about the process and focusing on that came from practice. I practice the way I am bowling in the match but it is not easy to sit outside for so long and then come back. It is not frustrating always, but it isn’t easy either. So it is important that you keep preparing yourself for the chance that might come. It is not necessary that you might get wickets, but it shouldn’t be that you are not prepared.

Rejuvenated Bhuvneswar ready to conquer the Caribbeans
Rejuvenated Bhuvneswar ready to conquer the Caribbeans

A record to forget: When Indian bowlers went onto concede oodles of runs in ODI’s

Today we look at a record which every Indian bowler would be eager not to have it in their name. We will have a glimpse at the incidents where the Indian bowlers went on to concede oodles of runs in ODI cricket.

Here is the list of top 5 Indian bowlers who features on the list:

Indian seamers failed to impress on Day 2 of the warm-up
Indian seamers failed to impress on Day 2 of the warm-up

Indian seamers failed to impress on Day 2 of the warm-up match

Past records at the Warner Park wouldn’t encourage the bowlers especially. In three of the Test matches played here, the average first innings score has been 465, although in the last Test here Pakistan could only manage 272. But in the inaugural Test, India racked up 581 runs. In the second Test, South Africa plundered 543. The corresponding second innings scores were 362 and 546.

The opening day of the practice match between the Indians and the West Indies Board Presiden XI wasn’t any different, as for the bowlers — both spinners and seamers — laboured hard enough on flat wicket, with India technically losing only three wickets (three of them were retired out).

But the intermittent showers and the overcast sky must have brought back some respite for the Indian seamers. In the first half an hour, there was bit assistance for the seamers, who though wasted it with their errant lines.

The overcast conditions were perfect for Bhuvneshwar Kumar to prove his credential. He also started the proceeding on a promising note, pitching the ball fuller and forcing the batsmen to drive. He mostly swung the ball into the right-hander, and in between slipped in the outswinger.

By this, he managed to set up WICB Board President XI captain Leon Johnson. The Windies skipper had defended him reasonably well thus far, but Kumar bowled a few inswingers before delivering one slightly shape away from him, kissing his outside edge to the second slip.

At the other end, Mohammed Shami, who returned to international cricket after a lengthy lay-off, was showing good pace and teasing the batsmen outside the off-stump. However, both Shai Hope and Rajendra Chandrika were actually confused about the way the ball was moving, and another wicket seemed nigh.

But suddenly, Indian bowlers became impatient and tried a little too hard, which resulted in losing their direction. Shami seemed the first one who was affected by this sudden lapse in focus.

He began bowling a little too wide outside the off-stump and the batsmen had no such problem to leave the ball in its course. Then in a bid to rectify, he strayed down the leg, which the Caribbean batsmen capitalised well.

A restless Virat Kohli fiddled around with his field, sometimes even setting bizarrely unconventional fields—like at one point, he had a short mid-on and forward short-leg, the latter stationed deeper than usual. Predictably, Shami bowled short, but the lack of quality pace on the surface gave the batsmen enough time to play those comfortably on the backfoot.

Bhuvneshwar and Shami were soon replaced with Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. Ishant, while being sharp, bowled wide like Shami. Umesh, typically, was mercurial, at times deadly but mostly wild.

For instance, he bowled perhaps the ball of the morning, when he made one jump and sneak back at the batsman from short of length. The follow-up was a pathetic half-volley outside off-stump.

By this time, the strip was eased off the moisture, and the batsmen had nicely settled in, showing the sort of judgment and application that would actually shame some of their senior batsmen. The three-Test old Chandrika seemed the more strokeful of the pair, and he smashed a brace of brilliant boundaries through cover.

It was just a matter of time before Kohli had to introduce the spinners, and leg-spinner Amit Mishra replaced Ishant for a three-over spell just before lunch. The leggie bargained some sort of turn from the surface and the batsmen had trouble picking his mysterious googly.

He nearly trapped Hope in front one and after lunch, procured an edge off Chandrika, which fell short of the first slip. Like most batsmen unused to quality spinners, they played Mishra from the crease, neither committing on the front foot or back foot.

West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI 281 for 7 (Hope 118*, Chandrika 69, Warrican 50*, Mishra 4-67) drew with Indians 258 for 6 (Rohit 54*, Dhawan 51, Rahul 50)

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma

What hinders the performance of Indian pacers overseas?

Traditionally, India has never been a gifted bowling side in Test cricket. There have been a few undoubted legends from India’s bowling department that have emerged over the years, such as Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan, and Anil Kumble. Nevertheless, despite some bowlers giving their absolute best for the team, the batsmen have always been more respected and worshipped community in India.

If one considers India’s overseas Test record, it isn’t anything worth boasting about. To further classify Indian bowlers, it can be duly said that the spinners have played their part, while in the subcontinent as the surfaces have amplified the skills of the Indian slower bowlers. But while discussing the pacers, there are question marks bound to emerge after taking into account India’s Test performances away from home.

The Test series win over Sri Lanka last year away from home was India’s first Test series victory away from home shores since 2011. In between the four years, the men in blue toured England and Australia twice, having terrible tours each time. The solitary tours to South Africa and New Zealand also ended up in disappointing results. A common aspect between the tours to Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand was that the batting stood up in all conditions. But whenever India ended up on the losing side, it was due to the poor outing of the seamers which spoilt the show.

So what is it exactly that hinders the effectiveness of Indian pacers in away tours? To understand things in an uncomplicated manner, we consider the tours made since 2010 and not before that. In all the test series’ away from home, Ishant Sharma has been the common member. The 27-year-old lanky pacer has toured Australia on 3 separate occasions, but is yet to display the traits that are expected from him.

Talent wise, Ishant has always been a great pacer, and that is evident with his statistics in victorious causes for the side. Since January 2011, India have won just 4 tests away from home, and Ishant has been a part of all the games. Out of those 4 victories, two have been in Sri Lanka, while one a piece in England and West Indies. In these successful games for India, Ishant averages a mere 18.33 with the ball and strikes every 6 overs. As compared to his career stats, where he averages 36.9, these numbers seem tremendous.

But the issue has been that Sharma hasn’t been consistently able to replicate such success. A clear reason behind that is the fallen intensity in his latter bursts. In his first couple of spells, Sharma seems to be quite accurate, but as the game goes on, he tends to lose his fire. With an odd old ball, he can generate some magic with the reverse swing, but that has been a rarity. The root cause which stems Ishant is that he lacks intensity in his later spells.

The same has been the case with other Indian pacers, who are currently in the Caribbean. The likes of Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have enormous potential to succeed at the highest level, but once again, they haven’t been able to successfully execute that. Yadav was just a revelation for India in the otherwise dreadful tour of Australia in 2011-12. But he hasn’t grown in stature since that tour. His test average of 36.05 doesn’t justify his skills one bit and is a rather shameful number for a pacer of his talent.

The problem with the Vidarbha pacer has been his wayward bowling. For instance, out of the six deliveries in an over, Yadav will bowl two absolute gems, but will stray all over the place in the remaining 4 deliveries. Due to missing his targeted line and length so frequently, the batsmen easily prey upon him and his rapid pace further aids the batsmen. This factor is visible as his economy rate is among the worst for a pacer at 4.05. Due to leaking runs at such a hemorrhaging rate, he is soon taken off the attack.

There is an interesting aspect while discussing the case of Mohammed Shami. The Bengal pacer till date hasn’t been given an extended run and owing to injuries, he was out of action post the 2015 World Cup. Just before the World Cup, in the test series against Australia, Shami was really good as compared to the other pacers. On the flat dead pitches Down Under, where scores of 500 were easily crossed, Shami did well by taking 15 wickets in 3 games at an average of 35.80. If given a few tests, Shami can genuinely emerge as a top notch pacer, as his basics are well covered. One can expect him to pitch the ball in the right areas more often than not.

Commenting about swing sensation Bhuvneshwar Kumar wouldn’t be too accurate, as he has played just one test since his fine tour of UK in 2014, where he was the Man of the Series. But yes, if Kumar learns the trick of swinging it both ways, then he will be a lethal package.

For India to consistently do well overseas, Ishant Sharma will have to lead the bowling attack by example. The past couple of years have been great for the Delhi pacer and along with Shami and Yadav, India can have a fantastic bowling trio.

All in all, the upcoming tour of the Caribbean seems to be a positive one for the Virat Kohli-led Indian outfit. Under the astute coaching and vision of Anil Kumble, these pacers will just excel and the spin great will definitely play a role in ironing out their flaws.