- Potential pace attack
India, a traditionally spinners dominated cricketing team is going with 5 good quality battery of pace attack into the 3 match test series against South Africa. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are the strike bowlers. All of them can trouble the South African batsmen with individual specific special skills.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the most dangerous bowler who can swing the new ball both ways and bowl stump to stump. His ability to create pressure could be vital. Umesh Yadav bowls fast reaching a pace of 135-140 km/ hr. and can trouble the batsmen on pace favorable pitches.
Ishant Sharma the most experienced bowler in the team also powered with pace but needs to bowl well stump to stump and use the advantage of his height to bowl bouncers to intimidate the batsmen and take wickets. Jasprit Bumrah known for his ability to bowl Yorkers who has done well in limited overs format has been called into the team. His ability to surprise the batsmen with awkward action could be included in the playing XI. Mohammad Shami is another quality pace bowler who focuses on good line and length, surprise the batsmen with speed, pace, and bounce. Pandya will also be a value-add for the pace attack.
If the conditions help pacers, then whoever 3-4 play in 11 could trouble the South African batsmen and help India win matches.