The Indian team lead by Virat Kohli is in England for a three-month tour. The tour includes the WTC Final followed by a 5-match Test series against England. Due to the current covid-19 situation, India has selected a 24-man squad for the tour. It includes several world-class bowling options for the team.
India had faced a 4-1 defeat against the English team during the 2018 tour of England. But India would face the hosts again after three years with renewed confidence and a mindset to win the Test series. Thereby, the analysis of the bowling lineup of India are as follow
The most experienced pacer in the squad Ishant Sharma recently became the second fast bowler to play 100 Test matches. Over the years, he became a lethal bowler who can swing the ball with speed and accuracy. Even during the 2018 tour, Ishant was the highest wicket-taker for India. He picked up 18 wickets for India during the 2018 tour. Thereby, his experience would help India during the 2021 England tour.
During the initial days of his career, Jasprit Bumrah was labeled a T20 bowler. He was unable to succeed in Test cricket. But he successfully proved his critics wrong and established himself as one of the best pacers in the world. Bumrah’s passion for the game with his ability to work hard make him stand out among the rest. Even during the 2018 England tour, he had picked up 14 wickets in three Tests.
Moreover, the overcast condition in England would suit his style and help him succeed on English soil.
Ashwin and Jadeja
Spin duo R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are one of the main reasons behind India’s success at the home Test series. However, during the 2018 England tour, Moeen Ali had overshadowed their bowling attack. But the outcome is expected to be different this time around.
Moreover, they have also established themselves as quality all-rounders. So they can help with the bat as well if required. It would be interesting to see if Virat Kohli would play two spinners against England. But Ashwin would most probably be the key bowler against left-handed English batsmen.