Roger Binny advices India to pick an extra pacer in the World Cup 2019 squad
He also named the fourth pacer who should be picked in the team.
Updated - Apr 3, 2019 1:31 pm
When it comes to winning the World Cup in England, former India pacer Roger Binny definitely knows a thing or two. He had starred with the ball when India won their first-ever World Cup in 1983 at the famous Lord’s by beating the mighty West Indians. Binny had finished the competition as the top wicket-taker with 18 wickets to his name. And as Virat Kohli and his men gear up to replicate that feat, Binny has delivered a piece of advice to the team.
India are still not sure about the permutation and combination of the bowling department. While conditions in England assist the pacers well, the spinners are more than likely to play due to summer. As a result, the Men in Blue are facing a few tough questions like whether to play an extra pacer or two leg-spinners.
Or should the team go with one leg-spinner and one off-spinner? Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are more or less likely to lead the attack in England. It will be interesting to see whether India opt for Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav together or play one of them.
And as the team-management ponders over it, Roger Binny has said that the team will need an extra pacer and not a spinner. He feels that spinner cannot win a game in England and adviced India to pick a bowler who can seam the ball. Binny picked Umesh Yadav as his choice for the fourth pacer.
“I would drop a spinner and go in with an extra pace bowler, who can win matches for you. It’s not the spinners who will win matches for you in England. I would go for a person who can seam the ball. I think it’s very important in England to have someone who can seam the ball early. Bhuvi is one who can do that. Umesh Yadav could be a good pick because he seams the ball and he’s got pace, he said according to Times of India.
Fourth pacer conundrum
Team India is yet to zero in on their fourth pacer for the World Cup. Khaleel Ahmed was tried out for a while but his performances in Australia and New Zealand made it clear that he is still not ready. Siddarth Kaul was then given a chance during the home series against Australia but he did not make it to the playing eleven. On the other hand, the likes of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav have fallen down the pecking order in ODIs.
Hardik Pandya can play the role of the fourth pacer in England but India would definitely love to have a frontline pacer as a backup. The squad for the mega event is set to be announced on or before April 20 as confirmed by the chief selector MSK Prasad.