Zaheer Khan hails this Indian bowler as ‘truly world-class’ ahead of South Africa tour
"They are certainly good enough to take 20 wickets in each Test," Zaheer Khan said of India's pace attack
He said that the only thing missing in India’s arsenal was a left-arm pacer
South Africa will host India for three Tests and three ODIs
Former fast bowler Zaheer Khan has hailed Jasprit Bumrah as India’s “truly world-class” bowler ahead of the opening Test against South Africa in Centurion from December 26. Khan said that Bumrah has “created problems” for opposition batsmen with his “pace and guile”.
“We have got Jasprit Bumrah, who is truly world-class and has created problems for batters with pace and guile,” Khan told Hindustan Times as he spoke about India’s well-rounded pace attack, one of the key reasons behind the Virat Kohli-led side’s overseas success in recent years.
“They are certainly good enough to take 20 wickets in each Test. They have been performing consistently all over the world. It is a good, balanced attack. The best part is that we have enough variety within the fast-bowling pack,” Khan said.
He also praised veteran pacers Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma. He highlighted Ishant’s ability to extract bounce from awkward lengths as a handy weapon on South African pitches, while saying Shami’s seam position was his big strength.
“We have a tall bowler like Ishant Sharma to extract extra bounce from awkward lengths and someone like Mohammed Shami with his prominent seam position who can move the ball both ways off the deck,” Khan said.
Khan also backed Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj, saying, “We also have an excellent second battery in Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj. On the whole, we have a well-rounded attack and there is no reason to think they won't get the desired success.”
He said that the only thing missing in India’s arsenal was a left-arm pacer, who can threaten batters from different angles. “…But unfortunately for India, the wait continues,” Khan said.
South Africa will host India for three Tests and three ODIs. The series will be played behind closed doors due to the rising threat of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.