Kolkata, Nov 12: Selectors are banking on youngsters as they have retained the squad for the second test against West Indies at Eden Gardens, Kolkata starting from Nov 14, Monday. This is the first time, India is playing with an inexperienced pace attack with Ishant Sharma spearheading the attack.
This also suggests that, the fast bowling department needs to improve a lot though basics are alright. Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron all the three players can bowl at 140 kms/hr which happens to be another highlight. For the first time, all the pacers are equipped with a pace range of over 140 per hour.
An Indian bowling attack sans Zaheer, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar is difficult to digest as the new names suggest the lack of experience. 23 year old Ishant, 125 wickets in 39 tests with an average of 35.02 is leading the inexperienced attack with Umesh Yadav, youngster who made his debut against West Indies in the first test at Kotla.
Another bowler, Varun Aaron, awaiting his International Test debut, can also touch the 150 mark with his pace. This being one of the rare occasions wherein all the three pacers can touch 140 plus.
India, relying on spin has been a great advantage, as both the fast bowlers performed adequately in the first test against West Indies at Kotla. Ishant and Yadav shared 4 wickets between them as the spinners had the lion's share of 16 wickets from two innings.
R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha bowled extremely well to help India register a five wicket win over West Indies. Indian fast bowling trio has pace, but lacks consistency. With a little bit of variation in length and pace, using effective bouncers, swinging the ball in the right areas, things might change and could be the solution for India's problem.
All depends on how the pacers adapt themselves on a track that has been assisting spin for the last few years. Ishant Sharma's experience might come in handy as Yadav is relatively new, needs time to adapt to situations.