Chetan Sharma picks the Indian bowler who will pick up a World Cup hat-trick

He was also impressed with Khaleel Ahmed and believed that he should get more chances to improve.

Chetan Sharma
Chetan Sharma of India. (Photo Source: Adrian Murrell/Allsport)
Nahmat Maeraj

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Former Indian pacer, Chetan Sharma, who is the only Indian to claim a World Cup hat-trick, has picked Jasprit Bumrah as one bowler from the current Indian bowling line-up who excites him the most. Chetan, on being asked to predict the bowler who can emulate his feat in the World Cup next year, chose the young blooded yorker specialist Jasprit Bumrah.

Bumrah, ever since making his debut at the highest level, has only improved with every game. He has so far scalped 78 wickets in the ODI format after 44 matches at an exceptional economy of 4.45. He will definitely be the key bowler for India in the upcoming showpiece event in England.

Jasprit Bumrah is a player who can break any bowling record. In World Cups, I am the only Indian to take a hat-trick. Bumrah is so talented, I bet he can take a hat-trick anywhere in the world for India at any stage. I wish he does that soon and especially if he does it in the World Cup then it would be truly thrilling,” Sharma was quoted as saying by India TV.

Chetan eager to see Khaleel

The 52-year-old was then asked to share his thoughts on the current Indian set-up, particularly their bowling attack, to which he said that he was content with the current crop of fast bowlers in India. Sharma also said, he is eager to see young Khaleel Ahmed, the left-arm fast bowler in action overseas, and believes Khaleel’s inclusion will add variety to this bowling attack, dominated by right-arm fast bowlers.

“From what I have seen of Khaleel, he bowls pretty well whenever the conditions support fast bowling like he did at CCI. But it’s too early to arrive at a conclusion about him as he has only played a handful of matches. But it’s good to see that he comes into his groove very early and has the ability to bowl according to the conditions.

I think he will be really successful in England. It will also be interesting to see how he performs on bouncy Australian pitches if given the chance. Even though all our bowlers are right-handed, they are doing exceptionally well. However, a good left-arm pacer like Khaleel definitely gives variety to the attack. Let Khaleel prove himself and then they should include him in the team on a more consistent basis,” Chetan Sharma further said.

~Written by Nahmat Maeraj