Reetinder Sodhi
Reetinder Sodhi. Image-Twitter

Reetinder Sodhi, a former all-rounder, has questioned the fitness level of Team India’s current pace bowlers.

Whereas the squad had a pool of eight to ten real pacers to choose from a year or two ago, the majority are now either injured or struggling with some sort of fitness issue, the statement goes.

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Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh, two fast bowlers making their debuts for the Men in Blue, entered the first One Day International against New Zealand recently in Auckland. They were obliged to start the bowling with medium pacer Shardul Thakur because they were missing Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Shami from the team.

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Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna, two of the current group of pacers, are recovering from back injuries. A lower-back problem has also forced the young left-arm bowler Yash Dayal, who was originally chosen for the white-ball series against Bangladesh, to withdraw from the team.

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“Genuine fast bowlers can’t be seen in the team”: Reetinder Sodhi

Reetinder Sodhi expressed his surprise at how frequently Team India’s fast bowlers were hurt during a debate on India News:

“At one point in time the pool was so big, we thought we would have no difficulties in finding fast bowlers. If one was injured, the other was ready to come in. But now, if one is injured, the replacement is not ready. That is where we have faltered” Reetinder Sodhi said.

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Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma. Image: Twitter

“Things are difficult for Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid because genuine fast bowlers can’t be seen in the team. In fast bowling, you’ve got to be tremendously fit. If you are not fit, then you come in and just fade away” Reetinder Sodhi remarked.

The first one-day match between Team India and the Kiwis in Auckland ruthlessly exposed their bowling. As the hosts easily overcame a 307-run lead, Tom Latham (145*) and Kane Williamson (94*) combined for an unbroken 221 runs for the fourth wicket.

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