New Delhi:Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Thursday said India’s fifteen-member World Cup squad needs an additional quality pacer.
“I feel Indian team lacks one more quality fast bowler. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar need more support. You may argue that India has two fast bowling all-rounders in Hardik (Pandya) and Vijay Shankar but I am not convinced,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Gambhir, as saying.
Bumrah has been the key weapon in the bowling scheme of things for India and Gambhir reckons the bowler will once again be the trump card for India and his form will be crucial for its chances in the World Cup.
“The wickets are going to be very flat and it’s going to be hot. So how Jasprit Bumrah bowls will decide where India reaches because it’s going to be a high-scoring World Cup,” Gambhir said.
The selectors did not pick Ambati Rayudu in the fifteen-member team. Chief selector MSK Prasad at the time of announcing the squad had said Vijay Shankar will most likely play at number four position, with KL Rahul being the backup option for that spot.