Indian pacers can compete anywhere, says Ian Chappell
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels the Indian pace battery commands respect in all conditions and with the spinners, India’s bowling arsenal is hard to match.
India whitewashed South Africa 3-0 in the recently concluded Test series by huge margins to consolidate their position at the top of the ICC Test Championship standings. Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the highest wicket-taker in the series while spin partner Ravindra Jadeja also scalped a few, but it was the pacers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, who returned with a bagful of wickets too, a rarity in the past on spin-friendly Indian conditions.
What stood out more was that they did it without pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who is nursing an injury. “India has added a new dimension to their game with the fast bowlers - even minus Jasprit Bumrah - playing a huge part in a home victory. After years of planning and the advent of numerous academies, India has finally put together a group of fast bowlers who allow them to compete anywhere in the cricket world,” Chappell was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“Bumrah, when fit, the indefatigable Mohammed Shami, the vastly improved Ishant Sharma, and the pacy Umesh Yadav give India a quartet of fast bowlers that demand respect in all conditions. These pace spearheads, added to India’s always capable spinners, give the attack a potency that not too many other countries can match,” he wrote.
Chappell said with Hardik Pandya’s inclusion in the side as a seam-bowling allrounder, India would be well placed to cope with any condition.”
Slot a fit seam-bowling allrounder in Hardik Pandya into that group and India are more than adequately placed to cope with any conditions they encounter. A well-balanced bowling attack is the perfect antidote to any attempt to provide conditions that heavily favour the home side.”
Lauding Rohit Sharma for his exploits while opening the batting, Chappell said India now has a surplus of talent that makes them the envy of the cricket world. “It was always only a matter of when India got their act together before they became a true powerhouse in the game.
“With an enormous talent pool, young players gaining experience from mixing with international stars in the IPL, and the right selections, India should remain a powerful opponent for the indefinite future.”