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‘I think if we just look at Bumrah we are in trouble’ – Ross Taylor hails Indian bowling lineup ahead of Test series

The first Test between New Zealand and India will kickstart in Wellington from February 21.

Ross Taylor (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Team India is all set to lock horns with New Zealand in the two ICC Test Championship Test matches, starting at Basin Reserve in Wellington. The Men in Blue are currently on a seven-match winning streak and are comfortably placed at the numero-uno spot in the points table (360) as well as in the rank turner.

One of the reasons for India’s sustained success in Test cricket is the resurgence of their fast bowling unit that has not only wreaked havoc in overseas conditions but also at home. All eyes will be on the likes of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and in particular, Jasprit Bumrah as to how they go about their business. 

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Bumrah (62 wickets in 12 Tests) endured a poor ODI series but the right-hander will be a completely different kettle of fish, come the Test matches, feels Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor.

“I think if we just look at Bumrah we are in trouble. I think their whole bowling lineup is fantastic,” said Taylor ahead of the first Test at the Basin Reserve.

However, Taylor asserted that it is not only Jasprit Bumrah that the hosts need to be wary of. Taylor lauded the all-rouns ability of the Indians and reckoned that the addition of experienced campaigners in Ishant Sharma will add a new dimension to their bowling attack.

“Obviously, Sharma coming back will bring new dynamics to the team. They have got a world-class batting line-up as well and we have to get through that. We have to be on our game to be successful against them,” said Taylor.

Ross Taylor lauds ‘world-class’ Indian team

Speaking on the Basin Reserve wicket, Taylor reckoned that it will do a bit early on. “It normally does a little bit early on and it depends how long it goes for. It is a world-class Indian side all the way through and probably the biggest thing about thing Indian side and how well they have played over the last few years. They always have world-class batters and bowlers.”

The Kiwi batsman is on the cusp of history as he is set to become the first-ever cricketer to play 100 games in each of the three formats of the game. “I think I’m still good enough to this team by fine enough to field and still hungry to score runs. I’m happy about that,” said Taylor.

The first Test between New Zealand and India will kickstart in Wellington from February 21.

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