India vs Australia 1st Test: Former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan picked his pace attack for the upcoming first Test against Australia at Adelaide and it was a surprise as he left out Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is probably the best exponent of the new ball and India’s most experienced bowler Ishant Sharma. Zaheer picked Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav for the Adelaide Test. His choice is quite debatable as Ishant has been successful in Australia and is in his fourth tour to the country, hence he knows the conditions better than most, hence to snub him is surprising.
“I think [Jasprit] Bumrah, Umesh and [Mohammed] Shami should play in the first Test. No doubt we have seen a lot of improvement in Ishant’s bowling and he has experience of playing there as well. But I think if these three play, it would be good for India,” Zaheer told India Today.
Meanwhile, the pacers have not been in good form where he conceded 544 runs to Cricket Australia XI in the tour game at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
“If you compare the two sides, the bowling sides of the two teams are even. But India’s batting looks stronger, taking into consideration experience and other factors. I think India has a very good chance to win the Australia series,” the left-arm pacer said.
“I think it’s a good chance if the batsmen can give a platform to the bowlers by scoring 350-400 runs when they bat first or try and get better than the opposition while batting second. If that happens, then I think the bowling has that ability because a lot of them have been there before. So they are capable of putting pressure on Australia,” he concluded.
The first Test at Adelaide starts from December 6.