Rajkumar Sharma opens up on Team India’s bowling attack
By SMCS - Aug 13, 2022 11:40 am
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Former India captain Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma is surprised to see that Team India’s bowling attack is changed quite a lot from the one they fielded at last year’s T20 World Cup. The selectors have named a 15-member Indian squad for the Asia Cup 2022 which will take place in the UAE from August 27. Among the pace bowlers, India speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the only one who played the T20 World Cup at the same venue, along with Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin as well.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar did well in Cuttack

During a discussion on India News Sports, Rajkumar Sharma said: “Absolutely, it is extremely surprising. It is looking totally changed. Neither do we have Varun Chakravarthy here nor Rahul Chahar. In their places, we have Ravindra Jadeja, Chahal and Ravi Bishnoi here. Overall I feel India has a settled bowling unit.”

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Sharma continued: “If you include Hooda as well, he is the fifth spinner along with Ashwin. It is looking like a good attack if we talk about spin bowling where we have experienced bowlers as well. We have Chahal, who I will say is the No. 1 spinner, and along with him, there is Ravindra Jadeja. Ravi Bishnoi has also performed well.”

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal conceded a lot of runs

However, Team India have a lot of options in the spin-bowling attack in their Asia Cup squad. While Yuzvendra Chahal and Jadeja are likely to be the first-choice spinners, Ravi Bishnoi and Ashwin could also get the chance as well. Meanwhile, Saba Karim was further opened up about Bhuvneshwar Kumar being the only experienced pacer in India’s attack.

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“All these bowlers have got the experience now, whether it is Arshdeep or Avesh Khan. They have been playing in the Indian Premier League for the last two years, their performances have been exceptional. These two bowlers have performed exceedingly well in the last few matches as well. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is still there, he has a lot of experience. Your spin attack is looking more balanced. You have in-form spinners, so this team’s bowling attack has more balance,” Saba Karim stated.