Indian cricket is in the best possible shape currently. This Indian team isn’t just world-beating it is its squad that’s world champions quality. India has a ready set of 40 players who can represent the country at any given moment. T20 World Cup 2021 couldn’t have come at a better time for India. The batting looks in fine fettle. But surprisingly it is the bowlers who have been in roaring form for India. It will be difficult for the selectors to narrow down on specialist fast bowling options. Since they have an abundance of talent to choose from. Stay with us to know Death Bowling Options For India
StumpsandBails looks at 5 death bowling options for India ahead of the T20 World Cup 2021:
#5 Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur is one cricketer who thrives on confidence. He is someone who isn’t afraid of getting hit. Thakur is a wicket-taker no matter what the format. His economy rate of 9.11 isn’t impressive but what strikes you most about him is his tendency to pick big wickets at crucial junctures. Thakur’s bowling strike rate is a brilliant 14.7 and his average (22.3) is pretty good too. Add to his lower-order batting exploits, India have an asset in Thakur.
#4 T. Natarajan
T. Natarajan is a rare entity in modern-day cricket. He wowed the world in IPL 2020 with his consistent ability to deliver Yorkers. Natarajan was so good that he was fast-tracked onto the Indian team in the tour to Australia. He has played just 4 games for India so far. But he has already established his worth in the side. Natarajan’s strike rate of 13.7 is brilliant! He is a difficult customer to get away with at the death.
#3 Mohammad Siraj
Mohammad Siraj has really come of age in the last 6-8 months. He recorded impressive numbers in 2020 picking 11 wickets at a strike rate of 14.81. Siraj was a revelation in Australia where he picked 13 wickets in 3 Tests. He continued his brilliant form in IPL 2021. His death bowling prowess was there for everyone to see. Siraj was the standout death bowler in IPL 2021. His economy rate of 7.34 validates that fact. Siraj has leapfrogged many contenders to take over the death bowling duties even for India.
#2 Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the only Indian bowler to have won 2 purple caps in the IPL. He is in fact the only bowler to do so in two consecutive seasons (2016 and 2017). Kumar is no IPL bully. His India numbers are much better as compared to his IPL ones. Kumar’s economy rate of 6.98 is stunning. He is valuable both at the death and with the new ball. If Bhuvneshwar Kumar manages to stay fit, he easily walks into the squad for his varied skill set.
#1 Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best all-format bowlers in world cricket currently. His ability to deliver in matches day in and day out is incredible. Bumrah has played a vital role in India’s supremacy in limited-overs cricket. He will undoubtedly be the leader of the attack for India in the upcoming World T20 (2021). It won’t be a surprise if Bumrah ends up being the most impactful bowler in the World Cup.