MSK Prasad feels India go to South Africa with “one of the best” bowling attack

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MSK Prasad feels India go to South Africa with “one of the best” bowling attack

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SportsCafe Desk

12/22/2017

MSK Prasad believes that India's five-pronged pace attack named for the South Africa series is "one of the best" to have toured the African nation. The chairman of selectors has also added that every bowler brings something different to the table and that was a good thing for the team.

After almost three years of cricket in the batting-friendly conditions in India, the Men in Blue will now travel to South Africa for a full series of three Tests, six ODIs, and three T20Is, starting January 5 next year. This will be the first real challenge for the Kohli-led side on the seamer-friendly conditions. However, the team’s pace stock oozes confidence, more than ever, and that gives the Indian fans a semblance of hope that India will do well in the African nation. The wide belief has also been attested by MSK Prasad, who stated that the bowling unit is “one of the best" to have toured South Africa.

"I can't comment on the opposition bowling attack but from our perspective, we have one of the best bowling attacks that has toured South Africa," Prasad was quoted as saying by PTI.

"You see Umesh (Yadav) and (Mohammed) Shami might be hitting 140 but they still swing the ball. We also have Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar), who can swing the ball either way. We have included Bumrah, who has variety. Ishant (Sharma) is there always and Hardik (Pandya) adds that different dimension," Prasad elaborated.

While most of India's Test wins have come at home, Prasad feels that going into a tough tour with so many victories is always a good thing.

"So there are five different varieties of bowlers that we have picked. The confidence we have with so many victories in Test matches, though they have come at home but still going on a winning note is always good. So I am sure this is one of the most balanced teams that we have," he said.

"It's a wonderful bunch and more importantly we are going with No.1 Test tag," said the former India stumper.

On being asked whether the form of Ajinkya Rahane is a worrying sign for the Indian team, Prasad backed the Mumbaikar, and said, "We are not worried. When we go abroad, he is a key player. If you see his performances abroad, you should appreciate. He has got runs across the world. I am absolutely not worried. He is above these things and he has played enough number of years to tackle these situations."

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