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Young fast bowlers to get opportunity to bowl Team India at nets
Unread 01-22-2013, 08:30 AM   #1
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Young fast bowlers to get opportunity to bowl Team India at nets

NAGPUR: Bowling has been a major worry for the Indian team for a while now. The team has either been struggling with fitness of the bowlers or their form.

Besides, no new, eye-catching talent has come up at the domestic level, be it pacers or spinners. The BCCI, however, has taken a step towards correcting the direction by asking some raw bowling talent to be part of the nets session of Team India.

Vidarbha pacer Shrikant Wagh, Madhya Pradesh fast bowler Ishwar Pandey, Gujarat left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhruv and Jammu & Kashmir off-spinner Parveez Rasool have been called to bowl in the nets before the fourth India-England ODI at Mohali.

Different sets of domestic bowlers have bowled to Indian batsmen during the ongoing one-day series at the nets. With Ranji Trophy going on, most leading bowlers were involved with their respective teams. However, after the league stage, the BCCI started sending them for 'India duty'. The selectors, having watched Ranji matches, picked up these bowlers.

"This is the joint initiative of the BCCI and the selectors. We have been thinking over it for long and thought it would be great for youngsters to bowl against some quality batsmen at the nets. Besides, the workload of our main bowlers will be shared and they will be fresh for the matches," BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale told TOI on Monday.

Several leading pacers like Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, S Sreesanth, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel and RP Singh have been sidelined due to injuries and India have been playing with an inexperienced attack for the last couple of series with the likes of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmad and Ashok Dinda manning bowling slots. Thus, a back-up string also needs to be readied.

With the packed international calendar, the coach, captain and support staff hardly get to see the new talent. This initiative will give them the opportunity to have a close look at these youngsters.

"You can say, it will be reward for their hard work throughout the season. Sometimes the Indian batsmen don't get quality nets bowler at the venue, even though the host association tries hard. In future at least, the team management will have a fair idea of the talent available," he added.

BCCI has done it in the past also when Yadav and Jaidev Unadkat were sent as nets bowlers during India's tour of Sri Lanka in 2010. In fact, the then Team India coach Gary Kirsten had praised the duo for their contribution during the successful South Africa tour.

Asked whether it will continue in the future too, Jagdale said, "At present, Ranji Trophy is on the verge of completion and most of the bowlers are available. In future, we have to see who are available."

Who are these 'net' bowlers?

Shrikant Wagh (Vidarbha): Wagh hasn't been among the wickets this season. The left-arm medium pacer, 23, has picked up 22 wickets from eight Ranji Trophy matches this season at an average of 33.45. His best figures of 5/23 came against Maharashtra. Before the season, Wagh had taken 46 wickets in 19 first-class matches.

Ishwar Pandey (MP): Pandey, a very promising pacer, snared 48 wickets in eight matches this Ranji season with four five-wicket hauls. He best figures of 6/54 came against a daunting Mumbai batting. The 23-year-old has got 86 wickets in 18 first-class games at an average of 24.35.

Rakesh Dhurv (Gujarat): Dhruv might be 31 already but he has emerged as a handy left-arm spinner this season. He found his rhythm late in this season to pick up 40 wickets from 8 matches with a best of 8/31 against Rajasthan. He wreaked havoc on the defending champs with match figures of 14/96.

Parveez Rasool (J&K): Rasool has been in the news after becoming the first cricketer from the Valley to make the India 'A' squad. However, the 23-year-old all-rounder has numbers against his name. He has picked up 33 wickets with his off-spin and scored 594 runs in the middle order this season even though they were made against teams in the lower rungs of Ranji Trophy.

Indian bowling has been a point of worry for quite a sometime and now BCCI has taken a step forward to encourage the young fast bowlers by giving them an opportunity to bowl in nets to Indian batsmen, says a report in The Times Of india.

BCCI official said, źou can say, it will be reward for their hard-work throughout the season. Sometimes the Indian batsmen don get the quality nets bowler at the venue, even the host association tries hard. adds the report.

Meanwhile as per the reports of Deccan chronicle, Vidharbha pacer Shrikant Wagh, Madhya Pradesh fast bowler Ishwar Pandey and two left-handed spin bowlers in Rakesh Dhruv from Gujarat and Parveez Rasool from Jammu and Kashmir have been called for bowling in nets.
ţCCI has done it in the past when Umesh Yadav and Jaidev Unadkat were sent as net bowlers during India tour of Sri Lanka in 2010, says the report, adding that Board has come up with this decision after seeing the fitness and form of our mainline seam bowlers like Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, Umesh Yadav and Munaf Patel.

Board is now focused on planning a back-up bowling attack in case Bhuvaneshwar Kumar or Shami Ahmed gets injured or they need some rest because of the busy International Schedule of Indian Team, the Times of India added.

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Unread 01-22-2013, 08:34 AM   #2
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Any news about Umesh Yadav's fitness...will he be available for the Australian series ?
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Unread 01-22-2013, 10:36 AM   #5
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BCCI has been making some good moves.......Selection of the bowlers are good......Keep it up......India is in need of some good all-rounders......Pervez Rasool fits the bill

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Rakesh Dhruv also gets into the mix now
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Any news about Umesh Yadav's fitness...will he be available for the Australian series ?
He is fit enough to play the Aus series.
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Bowling at our current batsman isn't gonna do them any good.
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Unread 01-22-2013, 01:40 PM   #10
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He is fit enough to play the Aus series.
Thats a great news if Umesh Yadav play against the ausies and he plays ahead of ishant..we get yadav bbhuv and shammi which will be a better wicket taking attack in ODI as well and i bet these guys will pick up wickets supported by ashwin and jadeja we can win the odi series...
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what about batsmen?

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