Will India continue to rotate bowlers: The Indian Test fast bowlers have played in different combinations in the recent past.
India bowling coach Bharat Arun is confident about India’s six-member fast bowling attack for the ICC World Test Championship final and the tour of England saying that any combination is good enough “to do the job”.
“If you look at them [all six], you could put any three or four out of them on the park. They are good enough to do the job for us. So, that is a very, very healthy trend for Indian cricket,” Arun was quoted as saying by PTI.
India’s 20-member squad comprises of six fast bowling options in Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav. The potential of this bowling attack can be observed from the fact that someone like Bhuvneshwar Kumar hasn’t been included in the squad.
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Will India continue to rotate bowlers on England tour?
In the recent past, India have had to play different combination in Test matches due to injuries to first-choice bowlers or to manage their workload. Being asked about the same, Arun didn’t shy away from stating that “managing workloads” will continue to be done in the era of fast bowlers playing in multiple formats.
“Even we have a policy in place at the moment. We have rested players in between matches, and also some top players for a series and things like that. It is under place, even for us.
“That is going to be the future because the volume of cricket that is being played, and also with all the current rules which are going to exist for some time. I think it is extremely important that the players are fresh mentally, physically, so workload management is going to be big in the future,” Arun said.
Therefore, fans shouldn’t be surprised if India rest key bowler(s) especially during a five-match Test series against England in August-September. It is worth mentioning that this practice is followed by other countries as well including England.
Knowing that non-stop cricket can make the fast bowlers prone to injuries, team managements around the world have started to follow caution for resting a key bowler for one match is way better than missing him for the whole season.