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India need to identify frontline pace attack

Javagal Srinath

Dubai: Former fast bowler Javagal Srinath believes India need to identify its frontline pace attack who can take wickets upfront during their title defence at the ICC Cricket World Cup starting next month.

“It is extremely important for India to identify its frontline pace attack. At this time, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a certainty, and given that Ishant (Sharma) is fit, he will be a shoo-in if he can find his line and length. The third seamer is then a toss-up between Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav,” said Srinath, who is currently an ICC match referee.

“Bhuvneshwar will swing the ball, which is his great strength, while the others will get seam movement. What this means is that Bhuvneshwar apart, the others have to bowl just a yard shorter and place the onus on the batsman to play the cut and the pull from that indeterminate, uncomfortable length,” he added.

“The faster bowlers have to go for the win. By that, I mean they have to look for wickets up front, not at being economical. Having two new balls per innings is a boon,” said Srinath, the only Indian fast bowler to have taken more than 300 wickets in ODIs. Srinath, who has taken 44 wickets in the 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2003 editions of World Cup, said Indian pacers need to sort out their flaws quickly and hit top rhythm within a fortnight.

“The time for trying things out is almost over. With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 a little over two weeks away now, fine-tuning is the need of the hour and towards this end, the warm-up games immediately before the tournament proper need to be taken very seriously,” he said in a column for the ICC.

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