Former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra picked India’s bowling line-up for the all-important ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final next month. The Indian team is all set to lock horns with New Zealand at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
The selection process is going to be really tough for the team management as many youngsters have done well in recent months. This includes the likes of Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar and Axar Patel apart from the senior members.
The veteran pacer asserted that both sides have brilliant attacks but the Indian speedsters have done well even on flat tracks. Nehra further added that he’s not sure about how Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson will perform at the much-anticipated event.
“Of course, both India and New Zealand have very good fast bowlers. But if you look at our bowlers, (Jasprit) Bumrah and (Mohammed) Shami can bowl well even on flatter decks.
“New Zealand’s attack, meanwhile, has Trent Boult and Neil Wagner. Boult is a class bowler, while Wagner too is experienced. However, I am not sure how effective will Tim Southee be when there is not enough swing on offer. Kyle Jamieson is a good prospect, but he does need a little more experience,” Nehra told The Telegraph.
Nehra names five bowlers in his side
The veteran cricketer mentioned that Mohammed Siraj should be given a chance if India are playing on a green top wicket. Otherwise, Virat Kohli’s men should go with Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in the pace attack. He added that if Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja play together, the team will have all bases covered in terms of bowling
“If you come across a green top, then you certainly can think of including an extra pacer, which I feel should be Mohammed Siraj given how well he has been bowling. But otherwise, I think the bowling attack should be Ishant, Bumrah and Shami as the three fast bowlers, with (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja as the spinners. If Jadeja and Ashwin are in the XI, the team will have all bases covered in terms of bowling,” Nehra explained.