TIL Desk Sports/ The Indian team management is likely to field three frontline pacers in the first Test against Sri Lanka, keeping in mind the upcoming South Africa tour. It has been learnt that the Indian team management wants tracks that are hard and bouncy without any major grass covering for all three home Tests — something they will be getting in South Africa.
Keeping that in mind, the grass cover was removed by the EdenGardens groundsmen on Monday. As India will have to go in with three specialist speedsters in South Africa, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will be complemented by either Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Ishant Sharma.
Ishant led Delhi in three Ranji Trophy games this season, and more importantly, bowled really well in all the matches. His back-of-the-length bowling on hard tracks can be useful. Similarly, Bhuvneshwar can be very useful considering the swing on offer during the early morning and post-tea session at the Eden Gardens.
The two specialist spinners are likely to be Ravichandran Ashwin and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. Ashwin was seen practising a lot of wrong ‘uns while using the grip of a leg-break bowler. On the other hand, skipper Virat Kohli was seen facing reverse swing throw-downs against a customised red and yellow ball.