Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma together took 48 wickets on the 2018-19 tour. On the basis of this trio’s performance, India won the historic series against Australia. But these are all right-handed fast bowlers.
Former India team all-rounder Irfan Pathan believes that the absence of a left-arm bowler in Team India’s bowling attack is an advantage for Australia somewhere.
Irfan, who has himself been a left-arm bowler, said that there is no doubt that the two teams are almost equal when it comes to fast bowling.
Pathan said, “Of course the bowling of both teams is strong. In this case both teams are equal. India has a top class bowling attack. But I think Australia will have the edge why one is playing at home and second they have left-handed pacer Mitchell Starc.
Pathan, a cricketer-turned-commentator, said, ‘The left-arm bowler gives you variety and at the same time the ball goes to the angle for the right-handed batsman. I think this benefit will be very less, but it will be beneficial.
Left-handed Indian bowlers have performed well
The left-arm bowler certainly gives you a little variety but if you look at the figures, India’s left-arm bowlers have done well in Australia.
Zaheer Khan took five wickets in the innings in the Brisbane Test in 2003-04. India had drawn this match. Irfan Pathan made a good debut in this series. After this, he took five wickets in the 2007-08 Perth Test and also performed well with the bat.
In the same Test, RP Singh took four wickets for 68 runs in the first innings. And he took two wickets in the second innings.
Looking at the recent times, the performance of the left-arm fast bowlers in the Indian team has not been effective. Jaydev Unadkat, Khalil Ahmed and Barinder Saran started well but could not continue.
Steve Smith and David Warner have returned to the Australian team as well as Marnus Labushane is also playing great games. In such a situation, it should be expected that the lack of a left-arm bowler does not eat the team.
The series between India and Australia will begin with three ODIs from November 27. The four-Test series will start from December 17. The first match will be Day-Night and will be played in Adelaide.
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