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5 pacers who deserve a place in the Indian team

These pacers can spearhead into the playing XI of Men in Blue.

Avesh Khan
Avesh Khan of India. (Photo by Pal Pillai/Getty Images for Nissan)

India had a successful outing in the 2019 World Cup and one of the positives was the continued dominance of their pace attack. The fast bowlers accounted for 70 % of the team’s wicket tally. It must have provided great joy to the Indian fans who have always wished for quality pacers representing the Blue team.

In recent times Indian youngsters are willing to bowl fast and it has helped the team produce a troupe of fast bowlers. Even if the premier stars are rested the bowling unit will take care of itself with many of them waiting in the wings. Among them, certain individuals have done their part and now they deserve a crack at the international level.

Here is the list of 5 pacers who deserve a place in the Indian team

1. Khaleel Ahmed

Khaleel Ahme
Khaleel Ahmed. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Ever since the retirement of Zaheer Khan, the team has been waiting for another left-arm pacer to bolster the Indian pace attack. Though Men in Blue have an efficient pace battery they need a versatile bowling unit and that’s where Khaleel Ahmed can make his mark. With 47 wickets in 30 List-A games, the youngster has been putting hard yards in the domestic circuit for Rajasthan.

Khaleel donned the Blue jersey a year ago in the Asia Cup impressed everybody with his aggression and wicket-taking abilities. The pacer is adept at moving the new ball and recently he has added mean bouncers to his repertoire. In IPL 2019 he took 19 wickets in 9 games and just a couple of days ago he showed his mercurial rise with a 3 wicket haul against the Windies A. Khaleel Ahmed looks a good prospect who can lead the bowling attack of India in the coming years.

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