South Africa tour in mind, India likely to field three pacers against Sri Lanka

Looking ahead at the South African tour, team India wants tracks that are hard and bouncy without any major grass cover for home series against Sri Lanka.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Published: November 13, 2017 11:27 pm
India vs Sri Lanka, Ind vs SL, India vs South Africa, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Cricket news, Indian Express Indian team management is likely to field three frontline pacers in the first Test against Sri Lanka. (Source: File)

The Indian team management is likely to field three frontline pacers in the first Test against Sri Lanka, keeping in mind the upcoming South Africa tour. It has been learnt that the Indian team management wants tracks that are hard and bouncy without any major grass covering for all three home Tests — something they will be getting in South Africa.

Keeping that in mind, the grass cover was removed by the Eden Gardens groundsmen on Monday. As India will have to go in with three specialist speedsters in South Africa, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will be complemented by either Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Ishant Sharma.

Ishant led Delhi in three Ranji Trophy games this season, and more importantly, bowled really well in all the matches.

His back of the length bowling on hard tracks can be useful.

Similarly, Bhuvneshwar can be very useful considering the swing on offer during the early morning and post-tea session at the Eden Gardens.

The two specialist spinners are likely to be Ravichandran Ashwin and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.

Ashwin was seen practising a lot of wrong ‘uns while using the grip of a leg-break bowler.

On the other hand, skipper Virat Kohli was seen facing reverse swing throwdowns against a customised red and yellow ball.

These balls are specially designed so that batsmen can practice against reverse swing.

One part of the seam is yellow coloured and the other is red. Normally, the throwdown expert tries to reverse it at a fast pace from 16 or 18 yards.

Sachin Tendulkar used to practice a lot with these balls during the last part of his career. This practice is also common with a lot of Ranji teams including Delhi.

For all the latest Sports News, download Indian Express App

    Live Cricket Scores & Results
    indian super league 2017 schedule

    indian super league 2017 points table