Bharat Arun Feels India Will Rotate Their Pacers During England Tour
By CricShots - May 12, 2021 7:35 pm
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The Indian fast bowler, Shardul Thakur left everyone surprised with his stunning knock of 115-ball 67 against Australia at the iconic Gabba earlier this year. He also made a brilliant partnership of 123 run with Washington Sundar, which bailed out India from 186 for 6 to 336 all-out, just 33 shorts of Australia’s 1st innings total. He also took six wickets in the Test match and as a result, India registered a memorable 2-1 series win Down Under.

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Shardul Thakur scored a fifty

Talking about Shardul – the all-rounder, during his recent conversation with PTI facilitated by Ironwood Education Company, India’s bowling coach, Bharat Arun asserted that the selectors will have the last word on finding the next set of options in terms of fast bowling all-rounders.

Arun explained, “It is more of a selectors’ job to find them and then we can develop those all-rounders. Shardul has proved he can be an all-rounder. Hardik is an outstanding talent, but unfortunately, he had to undergo a back operation, and then it’s not very easy to come back after that. So ideally, yes (we need to develop seam bowling all-rounder), there must be a few (in domestic cricket) because we are always on the circuit with the Indian team.”

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Further, Arun said all six fast bowlers will be rotated during the four-month-long England tour as the team manages its players’ workload in a “big” way. India will be playing six Tests in England, starting with the World Test Championship final against New Zealand from June 18 in Southampton.

England is the only top side at the moment which has opted for a clear-cut rotation policy in order to keep their players fit. An example of it was on display during the 4-match Test series against India earlier this year.

Bharat Arun
Bharat Arun

Talking about the same, Bharat Arun said, “Even we have a policy in place at the moment. We have rested players in between matches, and also some top players for a series and things like that. That is going to be the future because of the volume of cricket that is being played, and also with all the current rules which are going to exist for some time.”

India has six fast bowlers in the squad — Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Thakur, and Mohammad Siraj.

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When asked about the workload of the pacers, Arun said, “If you look at them (all six), you could put any three or four out of them on the park. They are good enough to do the job for us. So that is a very, very healthy trend for Indian cricket,” said Arun. “And so the five Test matches that we’re going to play after the World Test Championship, there’s a definite cause of necessity for us to rotate all the bowlers so that they stay fresh.”