Former India pacer Ashish Nehra believes that Navdeep Saini must be the “first choice” for the third quick bowler’s slot within the upcoming third Test in opposition to Australia due to his further tempo and skill to extract disconcerting bounce.
While Shardul Thakur and T. Natarajan are additionally in rivalry, the previous left-arm pacer feels the number of Saini for the Sydney Test, beginning Thursday, is a no brainer if one goes by pure cricketing logic.
“If you look at squad composition, Saini was first choice and Shardul and Natarajan both came in as replacements for Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav,” Nehra stated.
“So if Saini was ahead of them during initial Test squad selection, I don’t see any reason why he would slip down in the pecking order. You selected him first, so obviously you believed he was better than other two. Isn’t it,” Nehra, identified for his plain talking, stated.
But do not you suppose Saini’s detached present in two white-ball video games earlier than he suffered a niggle ought to depend? “By that logic, then KL Rahul (now injured) should have opened in first two Tests. It doesn’t happen like that,” the 42-year-old stated.
Then he gave his factors as to why Saini could be higher fitted to Sydney.
“Navdeep’s biggest asset are bounce and extra pace. This is a Test match. How does Natarajan normally gets his wickets? When people are trying to hit him. Also, you haven’t tested Natarajan by playing him for India A like you did with Mohd Siraj, who has risen through the ranks,” stated Nehra.
“Similarly, Navdeep has also come up the ranks having been on multiple red ball tours of India A. In Test matches, batsmen normally don’t get out. You have to get them out. That’s the difference.” The white-ball video games that had been held in Sydney indicated that the deck was a flat one and specific tempo is useful on such surfaces.
“On Sydney pitch, you will require a bit more pace and Navdeep has that. There shouldn’t be any debate as such. Sydney pitches what I saw during white ball games, it was very flat.
“So when kookaburra seam will flatten out after a while, you wil, require that further tempo that Navdeep has and in addition he can get a little bit of reverse swing,” said one of his India’s finest exponents of swing bowling in the past decade.
The other factor is the current Australian team’s inability to play short-pitched bowling.
“Also this Australian workforce is prone to short-pitched bowling, not like a Matthew Hayden or Ricky Ponting of yesteryears. Navdeep can be utilized higher as he bowls a imply bouncer in comparison with a Natarajan or Shardul.” Nehra was practical in his assessment.
“I’m not saying by any stretch that Navdeep is India’s No 1 bowler. He wants to enhance loads. Saini shouldn’t be 145 to 150 kmph bowler like Shoaib Akhtar or a Brett Lee. That too, they bowled that pace could also be for 3 to 4 seasons.
“Navdeep’s average speed is around 140 but out of the three, Navdeep is best suited to play the Sydney Test match.”
For Nehra, “someone bowling between 135 to 140 with better length and control is a far better proposition than one bowling at 148-150 kmph but is wayward.” As far as Natarajan is worried, Nehra believes that the Tamil Nadu yorker sensation will do properly not solely in T20 Internationals but additionally in 50 over format as he performs usually.
“If you do well in IPL, you then get a basic idea of what could get you success in T20Is and if you can work hard after being fast-tracked, you can do well in ODIs also where you need a few more skills as the duration is longer.
“Natarajan will likely be white-ball bowler along with his variations going ahead in T20 in addition to 50 over cricket,” he stated.