With the focus on the big T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, India will be facing West Indies in a three-match T20I series commencing with the first T20I match on December 6 in Hyderabad. India has also brought back experience in their fast bowling line-up for the upcoming T20I series in Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. In the past few T20I series, the team management and selectors have experimented with many pacers including the likes of Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini.
“The fight obviously is for one spot and I think more or less three guys have made a place for themselves. It’s going to be a healthy competition and it will be interesting to see how it pans out,” quoted Virat Kohli during the pre-match press conference ahead of the first T20I against the Windies.
Chahar has most likely cemented his place in the national side after his consistent performances in the recent while including world-record figures of 6 for 7 against Bangladesh in the third and final T20I match. Kohli noted that Bhuvneshwar and Jasprit Bumrah’s experience will be quite useful in the mega event next year.
“It’s not that big an issue for us. I think Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah are experienced bowlers. They have been very consistent in T20 cricket. Deepak (Chahar) has come in and has bowled really well,” the Indian captain noted.
“(Mohammed) Shami is coming back and he is bowling really well. If he gets into a rhythm and specifically works on what’s required in T20 cricket then he will be very, very useful in places like Australia, especially with his ability to pick wickets with the new ball. He has enough pace to execute yorkers,” he entailed.
“Also a couple of more guys are under the scanner for sealing that spot along with three seamers. It’s a good position to be in because everyone is bowling really well,” Kohli concluded.