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'Praveen should be India's third seamer'

Press Trust Of India |July 19, 2011, 10:01 PM IST
'Praveen should be India's third seamer'

New Delhi: Former India seamer Chetan Sharma feels that Praveen Kumar with his ability to swing should be the third seamer after Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma during the first Test against England at the Lord's.

Sharma, who took 16 wickets during India's emphatic 2-0 Test series win back in 1986 feels that Praveen's ability to move the old ball gives him an edge over S Sreesanth and Munaf Patel.

"I feel the team management would do well if they include Praveen as the third seamer. Zaheer has loads of experience of playing in England. Also if Ishant can replicate his performance of the Caribbean tour, there is no reason why we can't beat England," Sharma told PTI on Tuesday.

Having taken six wickets in an innings at the Lord's back in 1986, Sharma feels that Praveen should be brought from the end where the bowlers charge downhill.

"It's difficult to move the ball when you are running up the slope. Therefore Praveen should be brought from the opposite end which will help him get more movement," Sharma explained.

Sharma who got 61 wickets from 23 Test matches recounted his own experience of getting five of his six scalps bowling downhill.

"I believe that this Indian bowling has the ability to take 20 wickets," he commented.

Sharma feels that Graeme Swann won't pose any big threat to the much vaunted Indian batting line-up that comprises of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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