In Zaheer’s absence, Ishant, Shami and Bhuvi can shoulder the responsibilities together

  • Nishant Andrews, Hindustan Times, chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2014 19:19 IST

In absence of Zaheer Khan, who has been left out of the Indian team for their tour against England due to injury, the Indian pace attack seems to be lacklustre. However, there are young bowlers who have proved their credentials off and on and have the capabilities to shoulder the responsibilities on the favourable England wickets, which offer movement to pace bowlers. We bring you a list of bowlers who can play their part in India’s chances against England.

Mohammad Shami:A right-arm medium fast bowler, Shami is a deceptive potent seamer. In 2011, he played IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders and rose quickly amongst the fans. As a result of his domestic success, he was chosen for his first international tour against Pakistan where he replaced his own Bengal teammate Ashok Dinda.

Mohammad Shami, news, hindustantimes

The tour proved a highlight for his resume. Shami has grown in stature thereafter. He had a dream Test debut, taking 9 wickets for 118 runs against the West Indies. In his last Test against the Kiwis, Shami took 6 wickets in the drawn match. Shami for sure has the ammunitions to turn the tables in India’s favour on the seaming England wickets.

Ishant Sharma:

The pacer has had a few past experiences of playing in England. Zaheer himself has said that Ishant is the man to step up at this crucial hour. The wonder boy is already the fifth youngest Indian to have taken 100 wickets in Test series. Seeing his recent ODI performance against South Africa, 4/40 on 11, December 2013, people can bank on Ishant to spearhead the Indian attack in Zaheer’s absence.

Ishant Sharma , news, hindustantimes

bhuvneshwar kumar, news, hindustantimes

Bhuvneshwar Kumar:

This man has talent and capabilities to play with the ball and swing it over the pitch. Although Bhuvneshwar had a dry run against Leicestershire, Bhuvneshwar still has a lot to offer to team India. If the men-in-blue expect a positive response in their England tour, they need Bhuvneshwar in his top form. His hall of fame includes his name in the "Team of the Tournament" of the 2013 Champions Trophy, which he got by claiming six wickets at an average of 22.83 and economy rate of 3.91 . On July 9, 2013, he was successful in posting the career best figures of 4 for 8 against Sri Lanka in the Tri- Nation Series. India hope to see him fire on all cylinders, giving an impetus to the Indian attack.

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