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Mohammed Shami’s fitness key for India in England Test series: Nehra

India’s pace attack in Test cricket is regarded as one of the best at the moment. India’s pace battery includes Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur.

This Indian pace attack has it in them to take 20 wickets overseas and the fast bowlers enjoyed a successful three-match Test tour of South Africa in January.

India’s fast bowlers picked up 50 of 60 wickets in the three matches in South Africa and will once be in focus during the five-match Test series in England starting at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Former India pacer Ashish Nehra has analysed the Indian fast bowling unit and expects them to be on top of their game in England.

 

Nehra said Shami will have to work hard on his fitness and must take good care of his knee.

“Fitness. He has had a bad knee. He has not played a lot of cricket recently, including in the IPL. The captain also has to look after Shami. He is not like Ishant [Sharma], who can give you an eight or nine-over spell. Shami can be given six to seven overs in the first spell and then a short burst of four to five overs, where he bowls all out,” Nehra told ESPNCricinfo.

 

Ishant Sharma is making his third tour of England and has happy memories. His experience will be important and in absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar he will have to shoulder the reasonability.

Ishant has played 7 matches in England and has pocketed 25 wickets. His career best bowling figures of 7/74 was also record in England when he bounced out the home team’s batsmen in India’s historic victory at the Lord’s in 2014.

Nehra wants Ishant to be more “consistent” and must “alter his length” according to the pitch and conditions.

“Consistency. I know he is a workhorse and the captain will look to him for long spells, but he has to be careful not to burn out. He should be able to tell the captain [if he is] being overused. Also, he needs to focus on not giving runs. If he is not picking up wickets, no problem.

“I completely understand that he has that length, which is really short. But he should be able to alter that length a little bit, according to the pitch, according to the batsman,” Nehra said.

 

Bumrah will be available for selection from the second Test onwards. He made his debut in the first Test in South Africa earlier this year but after a nervy start he looked like a pro from the second Test.

“His X-factor is his action. If you haven’t played him much, it is not easy to pick him. He has pace and the ball comes a lot quicker than you think. Out of the lot of Indian fast bowlers he has the best yorker. He should look to use the bouncer as a surprise weapon,” he said.

 

 

 

 

News credit : Indiatoday

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