The ICC Cricket World Cup will put on a show of the best batting and bowling attacks in the world in international cricket. While some teams have a one-dimensional bowling attack, others have a more dynamic one. Their bowling attack can come good in different situations and conditions. Team India has the most dynamic bowling attack of them all.
Well known for their batting, India has had a name for its bowling attack as well over the past 2 years. The likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami have improved so much that the best of batsmen look weary in front of them. Their bowling attack will have to have a good tournament if they want to end up in the top 4 positions in the World Cup points table.
Both Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have done pretty well and cemented their place in the Indian team. Chahal is accustomed to bowl at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru where there is not much for the bowlers and the boundaries are short as well.
Kuldeep provides a tempting flight on the ball to bring the batsman forward. His googlies are not easy to pick and the best of batsmen get bamboozled by it. ‘KulCha’, as the spin duo is fondly known, has become almost irreplaceable for India.
However, Ravindra Jadeja has re-established himself in the ODI arena. He bowls his overs quickly and is pretty miserly as well. He finishes his spell without giving enough time for batsmen to plan a strategy against him. He is extremely crucial with the bat and in the field too.
India is going in with three full-time pacers and a couple of fast bowling all-rounders in Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar. The three fast bowlers will have to be handled with utmost care and precision. Looking at the World Cup schedule, not all three pacers will be played in all the games. They will need rest before crucial ties in order to remain fresh and without injury.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami can be used in the first 10 overs where the ball swings. The former has had a dip in form since being rested to manage his workload before the IPL. However, he has the ability to swing the ball both ways and can do the damage in English conditions.
Mohammad Shami is the most improved fast bowler in the world in the last 12 months. He has not only improved skill-wise but also fitness-wise. The injury-prone bowler has not suffered a lot of them in the past few months and that has enabled him to increase and maintain his pace. He bowls a heavy ball in contrast to Bhuvneshwar. Therefore, this pair can unsettle the batsmen who are new to the crease.
Jasprit Bumrah is the most crucial bowler, if not player, for India in the World Cup 2019. Even the legendary Sachin Tendulkar has advised the team management to use Bumrah in crunch situations. He has hardly failed to deliver when his team needs him the most. In the middle overs, he can be rested upon to break partnerships and bring India into the game. In the death overs, there is hardly anybody who can nail the yorkers better.
Even the likes of Hardik and Vijay will have to play their roles with the ball. Vijay has not been pretty good with his bowling in his short ODI career. His only notable performance was the last over he bowled and defended 11 runs against Australia in the second ODI of the five-match bilateral series.
Hardik Pandya hits the deck hard and notches up the pace of about 145 kph. He has as many bad days as good days with the ball. He will need to be extremely accurate if given an opportunity in crucial situations.
If the frontline bowlers fail to deliver, India have the luxury of Kedar Jadhav who can slip in a few overs and reduce the scoring rate of the opposition and sneak a wicket or two as well.