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With SA Tour in Mind, India Likely to Field Three Pacers

PTI |November 13, 2017, 8:54 PM IST
With SA Tour in Mind, India Likely to Field Three Pacers

Kolkata: The Indian team management is likely to field three frontline pacers in the first Test against Sri Lanka, keeping in mind the upcoming South Africa tour. It has been learnt that the Indian team management wants tracks that are hard and bouncy without any major grass covering for all three home Tests -- something they will be getting in South Africa.

Keeping that in mind, the grass cover was removed by the Eden Gardens groundsmen. As India will have to go in with three specialist speedsters in South Africa, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav

will be complemented by either Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Ishant Sharma. Ishant led Delhi in three Ranji Trophy games this season, and more importantly, bowled really well in all the matches.

His back of the length bowling on hard tracks can be useful. Similarly, Bhuvneshwar can be very useful considering the swing on offer during the early morning and post-tea session at the Eden Gardens. The two specialist spinners are likely to be Ravichandran Ashwin and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.

Ashwin was seen practising a lot of wrong 'uns while using the grip of a leg-break bowler. On the other hand, skipper Virat Kohli was seen facing reverse swing throwdowns against a customised red and yellow ball.

These balls are specially designed so that batsmen can practice against reverse swing. One part of the seam is yellow coloured and the other is red. Normally, the throwdown expert tries to reverse it at a fast pace from 16 or 18 yards.

Sachin Tendulkar used to practice a lot with these balls during the last part of his career. This practice is also common with a lot of Ranji teams including Delhi.

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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