Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra believes that the current Indian fast bowlers have it in them to make the most of the English conditions and bother the England batting line up. Though, India will be without Bumrah for the first game and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the rest of the series, Nehra has shown confidence on the remaining of the pack. Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Umesh Yadav along with batting all rounder Hardik Pandya will have an opportunity to impress on English soil.
The left arm pacer from Delhi has high hopes on Ishant Sharma to showcase yet another heroic performance as he did in Lord’s, the last time India visited England by taking 7 wickets for just 74 runs, and winning It for team India.
“I know he is a workhorse and the captain will look to him for long spells, but he has to be careful not to burn out. He should be able to tell the captain [if he is] being overused. Also, he needs to focus on not giving runs. If he is not picking up wickets, no problem. He might bowl 10-4-15-0, but he is still doing his job for the team, so he should focus on what he knows,” said Nehra in an interview.
Ashish Nehra also spoke about how Umesh Yadav who impressed him the most in the latest edition of the IPL by rising up to occasion in significant manner. Umesha Yadav scalped 20 wickets under Nehra’s mentorship for Royal Challengers Banglore.
“In Test cricket, 90% of the time you will focus on bowling the stock delivery. Umesh looks to bowl up, but he needs to do everything [within] the stumps. He should not bowl too many deliveries that a batsman can flick to leg or cut to off,” the former cricketer advised. “Mentally he needs to be strong, even if he goes for runs. He needs that confidence from the coach and captain. If he needs a deep square leg and deep point in the second session, so be it, but Umesh should look to take wickets” Nehra spoke about Umesh.
Mohammed Shami who was pivotal for India’s win in the final Test against South Africa, picked up 14 wickets in the three test matches played against the Proteas. But, an injury to the knee has mellowed him down a notch, which was clearly visible in the warm up game against Essex, as he went wicket less in both innings.
“Fitness. He has had a bad knee. He has not played a lot of cricket recently, including in the IPL. The captain also has to look after Shami. He is not like Ishant, who can give you an eight- or nine-over spell. Shami can be given six to seven overs in the first spell and then a short burst of four to five overs, where he bowls all out,” added Nehra.
The anticipated five match series between England and India is set to kick off on the 1st of August at Edgbaston.