With just 7 international games left in the prelude to ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, Team India is looking to fix all the stopgaps in the squad ahead of the coveted event. As the date for the official announcement of the World Cup squad gets closer, the permutations and combinations are increasing and all sort of theories are coming into play. In recent times, the bowling department has emerged as the real strength of the men in blue, who have returned after a historic tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Despite wearing an almost settled look, India’s bowling unit are still searching answers for their fourth fast bowler which is yet to be decided. India boast off a strong pace lineup so far with the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami alongside Hardik Pandya, who is a genuine pace bowling all-rounder. However, with WC taking place in swinging English conditions, the Indian team will require the back-up pacer for the showpiece event. Former Indian bowler Ashish Nehra provides his opinion on the who should be Team India’s pick as the fourth fast bowler – Umesh Yadav or Khaleel Ahmed?

Without beating around the bush, Nehra ruled out his verdict in favour of Umesh. The 39-year-old feels the Vidarbha quick has the experience of playing in the quadrennial event and Team India should pick the Vidarbha express ahead of emerging Khaleel.

“Umesh has the experience of bowling well in a World Cup. If he goes, India will retain the core of the 2015 World Cup and there will be Bumrah to boost. Khaleel is raw. He doesn’t have the experience of first-class cricket. His pace has dropped but that happens to any young bowler. He will learn and get better,” Nehra told to the Times of India.

Umesh has been given an opportunity in the two-match T20I series against Australia on the back of an impressive Ranji Trophy season where he picked 26 wickets in five matches in Vidarbha’s victorious campaign

India have announced their squad for the two-match T20I series and five-match ODI series against Australia.