India Pacemen Might be Secret Weapon Beyond Kohli

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While Australia is busy fretting over how to deal with Virat Kohli and the prospect of India winning a Test series for the first time ever on Australian soil, but there are other dangers with which the Baggy Green will have to contend.

It is not enough that Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are still in exile, or that Kohli is the best batsman in the world at the moment.

India has assembled its best pace bowlers, with five top-flight quicks at its service.

Four of the pacemen have played Test in Australia, which most would agree is a different environment than the one found in India. Those four have not done especially well and there are no wicket-taking statistics that appear particularly intimidating, but those that will take the pitch have improved since the last time they toured Australia.

One of the bowlers that present some challenges is Mohammed Siraj. The young seamer has been a major protagonist of opposing batters, but he has been left off in favour of Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and B. Kumar.

Bumrah is the only bowler lacking previous exposure on Australian soil.

He has a unique delivery that can pose challenges for batters more accustomed to a conventional approach and he has been averaging over 20 in ODI and T20 formats.

Shami is the spearhead and when fit, he can rely on the history of having taken more Test wickets than any other bowler has from either Australian or India this year.

Australia’s batters will have to get after him quickly, as once he hits his stride, he can be unhittable with his pace and reverse swing.

Sharma is one of those who have had some inability to post numbers to match his appearance, but over the past year, he has taken 33 Test wickets, which places him behind only Australia’s pat Cummins.

Yadav brings the most heat, but he may not get on unless one of the other quicks is injured. He has done well in India as the perfect change of pace to India’s spinners.

Kumar is slightly questionable. He is coming off a back injury that slowed himinto the low 130s, but he may play a large role in this tour.