IND vs AUS 2020-21 Series: Former Indian left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan lauded that the current Indian team pace attack, saying that it’s is undoubtedly among the most potent ones of recent times. However, the Virat Kohli-led Team India does not have a left-arm quick in their ranks. According to the Indian retired all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who himself was a left-arm pacer, indicates that the missing link in the Indian cricket team's bowling attack gives the Aussies a slite edge.
From the Australian team's perspective, the veteran Mitchell Starc has an X-factor in their fast bowling unit, who he reckons, could end up making a huge difference in the much-awaited upcoming series against India, starting on Nov 27. However, in the last couple of years or so, he has had to warm the bench quite a few times, due to his poor form and lots of injuries.
While a left-arm pacer could have added variety to the bowling attack, history also proves that left-arm pace bowlers were the key success for Team India, especially in these seaming conditions as there were in Australia. Meanwhile, As far as the Indian pace attack is concerned, it consists of the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Ishant Sharma, who have done brilliantly for their team over the years.
Mitchell Starc's show in the last Test series against India, in 2018-19, was below-par as he grabbed just 13 wickets in four Tests at an average of 34.53.
"There is no doubt that the two teams are evenly matched when it comes to the quality of pace bowling. India has a top-quality, world-class bowling line-up. But I think Australia will have a slight advantage as they are playing at home and they have a left-arm bowler in Mitchell Starc. A left-arm pace bowler provides variety, also the angle across the right-handed batsman. Though I think the advantage could only be slight, there will be an advantage for sure," Irfan Pathan, who took part in the 2003-04 and 2007-08 Test series in Australia, told IANS.
“A left-arm pace bowler provides variety, also the angle across the right-handed batsman. Though I think the advantage could only be slight, there will be an advantage for sure," the cricketer-turned-commentator, who featured in the two-Test series in Australia, added.
India’s tour of Australia gets underway on November 27 with the opening ODI at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground. Thereafter, the three T20Is will take place followed by the four-match Test series, starting December 17 at the Adelaide Oval.