India vs Sri Lanka: Bhuvneshwar Kumar vital in South Africa, Umesh Yadav needs to improve, says Simon Doull

"I think Bhuvi is as good as others in the world at the moment. He has upped his pace, he swings and seams," said the New Zealand cricketer-turned-commentator Simon Doull.

PTI, Nov 19, 2017 23:23:15 IST

Kolkata: Former New Zealand speedster Simon Doull feels that Bhuvneshwar Kumar has all the qualities to make a difference during India's upcoming tour of South Africa.

File photo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Reuters

File photo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Reuters

"I think Bhuvi is as good as others in the world at the moment. He has upped his pace, he swings and seams. He can get wickets even on good wickets. He is a line and length bowler, that's his trade. Bhuvi will be very important in South Africa," Doull told reporters on the sidelines of the India-Sri Lanka opening Test.

India will embark on a two-month long South Africa tour where they will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is beginning with the Cape Town Test on 5 January.

The cricketer-turned-commentator also spoke highly of Mohammed Shami but said Umesh Yadav needed to work on his bowling otherwise he would face competition from the likes of Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, who is in line for Test match selection.

"Shami is also an outstanding bowler. They have two world-class bowlers in Bhuvi and Shami. But Yadav is a little below that standard at the moment. He needs to work on a couple things to be more consistent. In modern game, a genuine pacer now bowls at 150 kmph," the 48-year-old said.

"He is a great exponent with old ball and when conditions don't favour him he may be fighting for a spot, maybe with Ishant or the next seamer who could be Bumrah, who knows he might go on to play a Test."

Doull also said that line and length will be more important as kookaburra's seam will go soft after the first hour unlike the SG ball that is used in India or the Dukes in England.

"Kookaburra is vastly different from what you have in England and India. It will swing a little more, but seam goes soft. They have to find a way to bowl line and length."

Doull is also of the opinion that you don't need a fourth seamer in the playing XI.

"The bounce helps spinners as well and my preference is always to pick your best bowlers. If they are spinners, so be it. No point picking a fourth seamer for the heck of it. When you have two quality spinners, they can do the job for you. I always favour of picking your best bowlers," he concluded.

Updated Date: Nov 19, 2017 23:23:15 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254