It’s India’s best bowling attack to tour South Africa MSK Prasad Virat Kohli team can dominate next five years
The Indian pace battery chosen for the much-talked-about South Africa tour starting next month is one of the best to have toured the country, chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said on Thursday India will play three Tests, six One-Day Internationals and three T20 internationals against South Africa tour who have one of the most
best bowling attacks of the worlds on the paper with the likes of Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada in their ranks “The confidence we have with so many victories in Test matches, though they have come at home but still..going on a winning note is always good. So I am sure this is one of the most balanced teams that we have,” he added.
Right-arm pacer Bumrah’s ability to bowl with variety is the reason he was selected for the longest format, Prasad said, adding Ankit Rajpoot, Basil Thampi and Avesh Khan would also travel as net bowlers.Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has been going through a lean patch lately, but Prasad sounded unfazed saying the middle-order a batsman is at his best abroad and his record speaks for itself.
“We are not worried. When we go abroad, he is a key player. If you see his performances abroad, you should appreciate. He has got runs across the world. I am absolutely not worried. He is above these things and he has played enough number of years to tackle these situations.
I can’t comment on the opposition bowling attack but from our perspective, we have one of the best bowling attacks that has toured South Africa,” Prasad told reporters on the sidelines of the Ranji Trophy semi-final on Thursday.”You see Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami might be hitting 140 but they still swing the ball. We also have Bhuvi Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who can swing the ball either way
. We have included Bumrah, who has variety. Ishant (Sharma) is there always and Hardik Pandya adds that different dimension,” Prasad elaborated.”So there are five different varieties of bowlers that we have picked.”
While most of India’s Test wins have come at home, Prasad feels that going into a tough tour with so many victories is a good thing.