India World T20 – 3 Pace Bowlers who are in contention to get a national call-up
In international cricket, India is not recognized for developing fast bowlers. This is owing to the characteristics of the pitches in the country, which has primarily supported spinners. The green cover on the fields in the current season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has kept pacers interested in both the new and old ball.
Many young and veteran bowlers have demonstrated their ability to take wickets and slow down opposing hitters. With the T20 World Cup 2022 set to take place in Australia later this year, Team India requires bowlers who can utilize fast-paced pitches effectively and challenge hitters. Now, there are some names who will get an obvious call-up to the national team. The likes of Bumrah and Shami must have packed their bags already, but there are some other names in the pool, who may or may not be mainstream, household names, but have proven themselves in the ongoing IPL to earn a call-up. In this article, we are going to talk about three such names.
Number 1. Arshdeep Singh
Arshdeep Singh, a left-arm pacer, represented India in the 2018 U-19 World Cup. The Punjab Kings (PBKS) then signed him for the 2019 edition of the tournament. He took three wickets in three games with an economy of 10.90.
The kid improved his performance the next season, taking nine wickets in eight games at an economy of 8.77. The IPL 2021 was a watershed moment for him, as he took 18 wickets in 12 games at an economy rate of 8.27. This achievement helped him to be one of the franchise’s two retained players for the 2022 edition.
Singh has only taken six wickets in 11 games this season, although his economy rate is 7.79. He has perfected his yorkers and emerged as the most dependable choice for his skipper in the death overs. He is a good alternative for the selectors since he has the correct pace and the advantage of being a left-arm pacer.
Number 2. Umran Malik
Umran Malik, the country’s latest fast bowling star, played as a net bowler for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) club in IPL 2021 Phase One. In Phase Two, he was added to the team as a COVID-19 substitute for T. Natarajan. He appeared in three games, taking two wickets at an economy rate of eight and bowling the fastest delivery of the season.
Based on his abilities, he was selected as a net bowler for the Indian team for the T20 World Cup in 2021. Malik began the IPL 2022 season on a high note but gradually turned the tide to pick four wickets against Punjab Kings (PBKS), which bolstered his confidence. He’s been breathing fire since then, consistently averaging over 150 kph. He also bowled the season’s fastest delivery, a 157 kph rocket.
The Srinagar-born cricketer has 15 wickets at an economy of 9.10 in 11 matches. With a few games under his belt, he may be offered a chance in the bilateral series against South Africa before the T20 World Cup in 2022. If he performs well in the series, he will undoubtedly be a devastating weapon for the Indian squad.
Number 3. Prasidh Krishna
Prasidh Krishna, an experienced bowler, has been a regular wicket-taker throughout all formats of the game. He has 49 wickets in 11 first-class appearances and 102 wickets in 57 List-A matches. He has also taken 61 wickets in 65 T20 matches.
Krishna made his ODI debut against England in 2021, finishing with 4/54 as the top performer in the bowling unit. In seven One-Day Internationals, he has taken 18 wickets at an economy rate of 4.84. Earlier this year, the 26-year-old cricketer recorded his best figures of 4/12 against the West Indies.
He is now playing for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the IPL 2022 and has been outstanding, taking wickets both in the powerplay and in the death overs. He has 13 wickets at an economy of 8.30 in 11 matches. Among all the players, he stands out due to his mix of pace and bounce, the latter owing to his height.