Embarrassment Of Riches Bodes Well For India Ahead Of England Tests
India's embarrassment of riches of fast bowling resources will ensure that the team management will be able to rotate pacers with plenty of Test matches against England over the next eight months, said India bowling coach Bharat Arun.
"It is a healthy trend, an embarrassment of riches. You cannot take away credit for what these bowlers have done. Ishant [Sharma], [Mohammed] Shami, or Umesh [Yadav] have been magnificent for India and they still have a lot of cricket in them. As I said earlier, for us to rotate bowlers and make sure each one of them is absolutely fit and raring to go, to be able to bowl 140 kmph is important," said Arun while speaking to the media on Friday.
India plays four Tests against England at home in February-March and then fly to England in August-September to play five Tests. In between, they could also play the World Test Championship final.
While India's front-line attack comprising Jasprit Bumrah, Shami, Ishant, and Umesh Yadav has been a handful, the quartet's absence in the last Test of the Australia tour at Brisbane due to injuries threw up India's second string which performed admirably. Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, T. Natarajan and Navdeep Saini (who though got injured during the Test) did well to help India return with a remarkable win in the fourth Test at the Gabba.
"I think this (Australia) tour has taken a lot out of the guys because of the spate of injuries that have happened. But in future, when you have seven fast bowlers, willing to play for the country especially the number of Test matches they have got, four against England now and five in England - that's a lot of Test matches," added Arun.