Ravi Shastri,R sridhar and B Arun. Photo- Getty
Ravi Shastri,R sridhar and B Arun. Photo- Getty

Former India National Cricket Team fielding coach R Sridhar has picked his top three Team India pacers for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, which will be played in October-November in Australia.

Virat Kohli-led India were unable to perform well in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and one of the key reasons behind the failure of the side was the poor performance of the pace battery. Notably, the Indian pacers were unable to bag a single wicket in the high-profile clash against arch-rivals Pakistan and India lost the match by 10 wickets.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credits: Twitter)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credits: Twitter)

Speaking to Cricket.com on India’s possible fast bowling line-up for the upcoming edition of the T20 World Cup, Sridhar picked Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the top three pacers.

“I think we have problem of plenty, isn’t it? Look I’m going to be straight and I’m cutting to the chase. I think our top three fast bowlers would be Bumrah, Shami and Bhuvi.”

Since the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, India have played 11 different pacers amongst which Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel have been the most successful. Veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar has bagged 23 wickets in 18 innings and Harshal has managed to bag 23 wickets in 16 innings.

When it is the World Cups you need the big boys to go in and play – R Sridhar

R Sridhar
R Sridhar. Image-Twitter

The 52-year-old also explained the reason behind picking Bhuvneshwar and Shami in his India playing XI for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. Sridhar stated:

“Because, if you have this, you have an absolute banker, banker, banker new-ball bowler and death-over bowler in Bhuvi who is in the best shape in terms of his fitness.”

“And we have Shami, who will come up with the new ball and ask a lot of questions to the best opening batters in the world. So you can bowl Bhuvi and Shami twice and now that Hardik is bowling and Jadeja is an all-rounder, we have the fifth and sixth bowler covered. When it is the World Cups you need the big boys to go in and play and these are the three as far as fast bowling in concerned and backed by another big boy in Hardik,” he added.

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja
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