India has not picked any fast bowler with extra pace in the T20 squad for the South Africa series.
According to the chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil, the selections have been done keeping in mind the nature of the pitches that the teams are likely to encounter.
The three games of the series are going to be played in Dharamsala, Cuttack and Kolkata respectively.
While, Dharamsala is a batting wicket, the other two are the sluggish ones where the ball does not sit up to be hit and the bowlers, who believe in change ups, get facilitated the most.
The Indian captain MS Dhoni had pointed out earlier this year that rather than raw pace, a little more emphasis should be paid on skills when it comes to picking the bowlers for the subcontinent games.
So, the captain’s views might also be taken into account by the selectors.
However, for the ODI series that is to follow just after the T20 one, Umesh Yadav has been picked.
Yadav was a hero for India in the bowling department during the World Cup, but, he was really reckless against Bangladesh and Dhoni was indirectly critical about him addressing the press at the completion of that tour. Continue reading →