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 extra pace and talent to extract disconcerting bounce.
While Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan are additionally in competition, the previous left-arm pacer feels the choice 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 advised PTI on Tuesday.
“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 don’t you assume Saini’s detached present in two white-ball video games earlier than he suffered a niggle ought to rely?
“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 can be better 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 categorical pace is useful on such surfaces.
“On Sydney pitch, you’ll require a bit extra pace and Navdeep has that. There shouldn’t be any debate as such. Sydney pitches what I noticed throughout white ball video games, it was very flat.
“So when kookaburra seam will flatten out after some time, you wil, require that extra pace that Navdeep has and also he can get a bit of reverse swing,” stated certainly one of his India’s best exponents of swing bowling prior to now decade.
The different issue is the present Australian group’s lack of ability to play short-pitched bowling.
“Also this Australian team is susceptible to short-pitched bowling, unlike a Matthew Hayden or Ricky Ponting of yesteryears. Navdeep can be used better as he bowls a mean bouncer compared to a Natarajan or Shardul.”
Nehra was sensible in his evaluation.
“I’m not saying by any stretch that Navdeep is India’s No 1 bowler. He wants to enhance a lot. 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 anxious, Nehra believes that the Tamil Nadu yorker sensation will do properly not solely in T20 Internationals but in addition in 50 over format as he performs often.
“If you do properly in IPL, you then get a primary concept of what may get you success in T20Is and in case you can work exhausting after being fast-tracked, you are able to do properly in ODIs additionally the place you want a few extra abilities because the period is longer.
“Natarajan will be a good white-ball bowler with his variations going forward in T20 as well as 50 over cricket,” he stated.