Former India cricketer and the current bowing coach of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Lakshmipathy Balaji has named Ishant Sharma as the leader of Indian team’s pace attack for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.
Balaji has chosen Ishant ahead of India’s premium fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah because he feels that the senior pacer’s experience will come in handy for Kohli & Co. when they lock horns against the Kane Williamson-led side in Southampton.
The 39-year-old picked Shami and Bumrah to play supporting roles in the much-anticipated clash at the Ageas Bowl stadium.
“Ishant is the leader of the pack. I will put Bumrah and Shami with him, three totally different bowlers where Ishant can play defence and the other two can be on the offence. Ishant with the new ball can be on the offence against the left-handers. When the situation goes out of control, he can put things back in place,” Balaji was quoted as saying by News18.
Indian pacers will have to be on top of their game against a formidable New Zealand batting lineup, consisting of the likes of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.
The last time both the teams faced each other in the longest format of the game, Kiwis had clean-swept India by 2-0 in the two-match series at home.
Notably, Virat Kohli’s men are currently leading the charts in the WTC standings with 520 points while New Zealand are sitting at the second spot with 420 points.