Umran Malik should have been in the T20 World Cup squad, insists Bharat Arun

Former Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun is unhappy with the number of spinners the team took to Australia for the T20 World Cup. Arun believes young pace sensation Umran Malik should have been in the squad instead of one of the three spinners.

“Umran Malik is exciting, he has the pace. And with the right fields, he did pretty well in the IPL,” said the 59-year-old on Wednesday at WV (Raman).

India have called up leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left arm spinner Axar Patel to their roster for the T20 World Cup. Deepak Hooda is a hitting all-rounder that can also throw in a few off-spin overs.

“Yes there is Bounce, the grounds are big spinners that play a very important role in Australia but I think three spinners is too many. Because you would only be playing one spinner on the team at any point, and you have a choice of two spinners in the side.”

Ravi Ashwin had a good game against Western Australia in Perth this morning. The off-spinner picked up three wickets for 32 in his four-over spell.

India will face New Zealand and Australia in warm-up matches before the Showpiece event. They begin their actual campaign with Pakistan on October 23 at MCG in Melbourne.

However, with Shaheen Shah Afridi back from injury, Pakistan Bowling is looking strong. On the other hand, India are struggling with injuries as Jaspirt Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja are already ruled out of the World Cup. Deepak Chahar with the right arm is added to the list.

Shardul Thakur was summoned to his service. He will travel to Australia with Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.



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