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India vs Australia | EXCLUSIVE - Bumrah & Shami Will be My First-choice Fast Bowlers: Kumble

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 4, 2018, 1:10 PM IST

Gaurav Kalra: The other issue that we must touch upon is this battery of Indian fast bowlers, five selected in this squad that's going to Australia. Now, that's been the standout for India in a sense over the course of these overseas Test matches. When you look at these five, can we pick any three out of the hat and play them in any Test match situation if I need?

Anil Kumble: Yes, I think that's the advantage that India has. All five have been brilliant in the last couple of years and in different conditions. India's had the choice to reach out to a Bhuvneshwar Kumar when the ball is swinging around and there's a little bit of grass, he's come in and picked up five wickets and won matches for India. Umesh Yadav has done that when there's swing and reverse-wing. Shami has bowled brilliantly. Ishant, you know, off late has been really good with the ball, picking up a fifer and winning matches and of course, Bumrah has been exceptional. Nobody believed that Bumrah would play Test match cricket but then he's improved, he's matured, he's very unique, awkward for a batsman to face Bumrah. So, I think all five bring in very different variations amongst themselves. Although all five are right arm fast bowlers, but depending on the conditions India has a choice to pick. I think the one bowler who will definitely make it will be Bumrah, the other I will certainly look at is Shami, these two will be my first two choices, and then you choose an Ishant Sharma because of the control he can bring in as a fast bowler. So it all depends on how you want to attack, if you want to attack with three seamers and one spinner then who is the fast bowler who is going to control the game is something that India needs to think of. Will it be Bhuvneshwar Kumar who will control or will it be Ishant Sharma who will control and attack with Bumrah and a Shami and have Ashwin and a Jadeja to control in the middle. So it all depends on how we want to play the game because like I mentioned the in the first 20 overs, there is something in it for the ball, for the bowlers with the Kookabura. But from 20 to 60 overs that is when India have to make inroads and pick up wickets or at least control the game."

First Published: December 4, 2018, 11:29 AM IST

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