New Delhi: India have five fast bowers at their disposal for the much-awaited Test series against Australia, where they have to play four-matches.
Along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma, genuine speedsters Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron too are in the squad.
Bhuvneshwar who has recently won the Polly Umrigar Trophy, bowled impressively with the red cherry in the summer England tour. His impeccable line and length along with the seam movement can trouble the Australians.
Shami too is capable of reverse swinging the old ball and his well directed bouncers and toe-crushing yorkers could make him a deadly bowler to deal with Down Under.
With 58 Test matches under his belt Ishant Sharma is the senior most pacer in the team. The 26-year-old lanky bowler can extract some extra pace and bounce from the Australian wickets. It's high time he should take the responsibility to lead the Indian bowling pack and help India to give the Aussies a tough fight.
As far as Yadav and Aaron are concerned, they certainly are the fastest among the lot and more importantly have the pace to trouble a batsman. But the major issue they have been facing in their respective careers is of fitness. If they get a chance to play and remain fit and bowl on right areas they can play vital roles for India. In fact, on day one of the practice match against Cricket Australia XI, Indian seames looked impressed. If Aaron claimed three wickets then Bhuvi and Shami too picked up two wickets apiece to bowled the opponents out on mere 219.
But all of them have to acclimatise to the conditions quickly and should remember that they have to bowl aggressively on the swift and bouncy tracks of Australia.
One team has to pick twenty wickets in a Test if they want to win the match, and for Indian bowlers to bowl out Australia twice at their own backyard would be a difficult task. But having five pacers in their squad, India can make it happen.