With the recent buzz of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the whole lot of controversies that have taken the centerstage, it looks like the IPL talks have overshadowed the whispers about the upcoming 2019 World Cup. The 50-overs mega event is scheduled to be held in England and Wales starting from 30th May, just after the IPL. The Indian team has already played all their international games before the World Cup, but the final Indian squad is yet to be announced.
India are still not clear about the permutation and combination of the bowling department. Traditionally the conditions in England are customary for the fast bowlers but spinners can also play a part due to summer. Thus, the Indian team management is currently in a fix as whether to play to three fast bowlers or an extra leg-spinner.
Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami will most likely lead the pace bowling contingent in the upcoming 2019 World Cup. Hardik Pandya will be the all-rounder, while there it is still not sure that whether both Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will be part of the playing eleven or not.
It’s not spinners who will matches in England
During a recent interview, former Indian fast bowler Roger Binny mentioned that India should include an extra fast bowler in place of a spinner. He reckoned that it’s the pacers who will win matches in the English conditions. Binny was part of the World Cup winning Indian team in 1983. He finished the tournament as the highest wicket-taker with 18 wickets to his name.
“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,” Roger Binny was quoted as saying to Times of India.
The former Indian cricketer noted that Bhuvneshwar is the one who can swing the new ball really well. He also stated that Umesh Yadav is another who can do the job because he has got the pace. “Bhuvi is one who can do that. Umesh Yadav could be a good pick because he seams the ball and he’s got pace,” the former fast bowler added.