5 Pacers who can be back-up in the Indian Test team
After NZ tour, Virat Kohli asked for pace back-ups in the Indian Test side. Here are a few of them.
Updated - Mar 7, 2020 11:15 am
The Indian Cricket Team off late has been playing cricket on a very tight schedule and this has been taking a toll on its players in every way. Be it physical or mental health, in spite of all the precautions taken by the authorities and the players themselves, things have not been going exactly well when it comes to workload distribution among the players, especially the fast bowlers of the team as age creeps upon them.
Even the captain of the Indian team, Virat Kohli came out recently to point to the fact that how packed schedules and increased workloads have led to a dip in the performance of even the best of the pacers in the team. He said that the players who are in the squad do need rest and replacement players, who can fill in for the established players whenever required.
So here’s a look at 5 such players who could be a perfect fit for this role
1. Navdeep Saini
The pace bowling sensation from Delhi, Navdeep Saini has shown glimpses of his abilities in the matches that he has played for the Indian team so far. He has marked his presence on the radars of the selectors as a substitute for the senior bowlers in the side and a contender for being the spearhead of the Indian pace bowling unit.
He has shown that he has the ability to make the white ball talk at the highest level and also his red ball tricks in the domestic circuit. The 27-year-old has been a part of the Indian team for 5 One Day Internationals and 10 T20 International matches so far and his performance has been really good in all of them even though the figures might suggest otherwise. In ODIs, he has 5 wickets to his name and in the shortest format of the sport, he has been able to dismiss 13 batsmen so far, with an economy of 7.15.
It is pretty evident that he has the potential to make it big in international cricket and be a part of the core of the Indian bowling unit in the coming days. For now, he will have to capitalise on all the time that he spends with the Indian team, trying to learn new things from the seniors, whose shoes he would have to fill in the coming years.