New Delhi: As India gear up for the first Test match against Australia at Adelaide, their fast bowling unit will be crucial in order to make an impression in the four-match series. With pace and bounce assisting pitches in Australia, Varun Aaron fits to be India's best bet against a good looking Aussie batting line-up.
Aaron, who consistently bowls over a 140 km/h, is fastest amongst the pace battery selected for the tour. Aaron made an impressive start to the tour already by picking five wickets in two innings against Australia XI in the two-match tour game that concluded on Friday.
After getting four wickets in the first innings, he picked up a wicket on Friday with the first ball of his spell as Cricket Australia were reduced to 83/5 before the game was called off.
The 25-year-old had impressive figures of 3/80 against Cricket Australia XI in the first tour game on 24-25 November. India is likely to go for three men pace attack alongside a frontline spinner.
With Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav in the mix, Aaron has already staked a claim to be a part of the starting XI in the first Test starting on Monday.
Aaron played in two Test matches in the five-match series in India's tour of England in the summer and picked up five wickets. The Jharkhand youngster, who could help the attack by generating pace, would generally be used by MS Dhoni to bowl in short spells and that could see him be a major weapon for his skipper.
In the last tour in 2012 Down Under, India were blanked 0-4 by the hosts. MS Dhoni will however hope his young side can repeat the performances which the national team had achieved in 2003-04 and 2007-08, where they delivered decent performances under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble.