Former fast bowler Zaheer Khan believes that India has strong options (Bench Strength) to offset the absence of injured fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jaspreet Bumrah. These two fast bowlers will not be able to play starting games of the five-match series against England, which will take place from August 1. Indian selectors have included Jaspreet Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur for the first three Tests. All-rounder Hardik Pandya is also included in the team. The BCCI has informed that during the one-day international series, Jaspreet Bumrah, unfit during the second series, will be available for selection from the second Test. The first Test of the five-match series will be played in Birmingham from August 1, 2018.
Zaheer said this during an event, “Bumrah will be absent during the first few matches and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also injured, which is a matter of concern when looking at the upcoming season. But I believe that despite their injuries, the series of five matches is a long tour. ” I believe that whatever the bowler will play – like Umesh (Yadav) is doing well, Ishant is a senior bowler and he has to go ahead and lead the Indian pace attack, Mohammed Shami’s record is good. I believe their (Bhubaneswar and Bumrah) lack is not good, but in spite of this, the Bench Strength of India is quite strong. “
He said, “Look at the present situation, I am feeling that this is Indian summer and I hope that there will be continuity in the series of five Test series in the Indian team which they are doing well now.” “The series of five matches is a long tour and hope that our bowlers will remain fit and the whole team will be fit till the end. Because in the long series it is necessary that they should remain united as a team. “