Indian World Cup team lacks one more quality fast bowler: Gautam Gambhir

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.
However, Gambhir is of the view that Rahul is the best-suited batsman to play at number four position, considering his technique.
“I feel Rahul is best suited for No.4 spot because he has got the technique, he has got the ability to win you games. I know that is not the position you would have preferred, but I have always believed one thing you only put yourself in the playing XI ultimately it is the team management who decide,” Gambhir said.

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