Sanjay Bangar believes India’s second line of fast-bowling options is the biggest plus heading into the ODI World Cup, later this year.
Last year’s T20 World Cup saw the Men in Blue suffer greatly as a result of Jasprit Bumrah’s injury-induced absence. The top Indian bowler is still recovering from a back issue. Mohammad Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj, and Umran Malik have been named to India’s ODI team for the forthcoming series against Sri Lanka.
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During an appearance on Star Sports’ ‘Game Plan,’ Sanjay Bangar was asked to name the most positive story for India coming into the World Cup, to which he replied:
“I sense a second line of fast bowlers who have developed. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also played a significant amount of cricket. His form was also not awful, but if you’re looking ahead, you’ve got Umran Malik.”
Sanjay Bangar believes Siraj and Arshdeep are appealing candidates for the Men in Blue. According to the previous Indian batting coach:
“Mohammed Siraj has performed admirably in Test cricket. When he plays ODI cricket, he performs admirably. Arshdeep Singh, a left-arm bowler, constantly offers the opposition with a unique challenge.”
“Arshdeep and Umran Malik have got success in the four-over format”: Sanjay Bangar
In 50-over cricket, Sanjay Bangar is interested to see if Arshdeep and Umran can repeat their success from the game’s shortest format.
“So you have such alternatives, who have been assigned roles. These are thrilling times to watch fast bowlers who have had success in four overs. Arshdeep and Umran Malik have had success in four-over formats; it would be interesting to see how and with what impact they can bowl 10-over spells.”
In the 21 T20Is he has played, Arshdeep has taken 33 wickets at a respectable economy rate of 8.17. Umran has only bowled two dismissals in three Twenty20 internationals, but his scorching spells for SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League have propelled him into the conversation (IPL).