ICC World Cup 2019: Team India likely to send a few net bowlers back home
The Indian team will be travelling a lot in the next few days and thus the practice sessions are expected to be crisp.
Updated - Jan 13, 2020 8:53 pm
After the World Cup 2019 squad was announced, Team India management picked four net bowlers to ease down the burden on the members of the team. These players were scouted from the IPL 2019 season as well as the domestic performances were considered. Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Avesh Khan and Navdeep Saini were the four names chosen for the job.
Khaleel Ahmed, who has been in and out of the Indian team in the last twelve months, managed to impress in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as well as the IPL. Meanwhile, Deepak Chahar had an impressive IPL season and swung the ball both ways with great control. Saini impressed one and all with his pace. The youngster was constantly clocking 150 clicks. Avesh Khan, on the other hand, had a good domestic season.
Navdeep Saini yet to join; a call to be taken on the other bowlers
However, only three out of these four players flew to England to assist the batsmen in the nets. While Khaleel, Deepak and Avesh have been traveling with the team, Navdeep didn’t go to the United Kingdom. As per the reports in CricketNext, the RCB pacer had a side strain and had to stay back in India. He had a side strain and is yet to join the team.
Meanwhile, the recent developments suggest that the management could take calls on the other net bowlers as well. The troika of Khaleel, Deepak and Avesh have been in England for over a week now. But one or more amongst the bowlers are set to return to India soon. Team India will be playing the first four games in a span of 12 days. While the first game against South Africa will be played in Southampton, they will go to London next to face Australia.
Then, the team will be in Nottingham as they take on New Zealand before they go to Manchester for the ‘Mother of all clashes’ – the Indo-Pak battle. Since they will be traveling a lot, the practice sessions are set to be sharp and crisp. Hence, there is no need to have the additional bowlers traveling with the team and thus the thoughts about the decision.