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5 domestic pacers who could boost Team India's bench strength

Rush Kalaria first came into prominence as an Under-19 cricketer
Modified 07 Oct 2016
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India has always been more famous for the spin bowlers it has given world cricket and good pacers have been a rare breed. In fact, there are just three names that promptly come to mind in terms of Indian fast bowlers who had long and steady careers – Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath, and Zaheer Khan.

In the current setup, there are a number of talented fast bowlers who have the potential to become future greats for India. Among the most prominent names are Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and the highly experienced Ishant Sharma.

While the team management tends to shuffle between Shami, Bhuvneshwar, and Yadav on most occasions, Ishant leads the attack whenever he is fit to play. Although this foursome is doing a decent job at present, there may be a need to build an effective backup for them.

The best way to go about it is investing in talented pacers from the domestic circuit who have been performing well in the past one or two years. Here are 5 domestic seamers who could bolster Team India's bench strength:

#5 Rush Kalaria (Gujarat)

Talented left-arm pacer Rush Kalaria plays his domestic cricket for Gujarat and has also represented India at the Under-19 level. Kalaria was part of the Indian team which lifted the 2012 Under-19 World Cup in Australia under the captaincy of Unmukt Chand.

In his brief first-class career so far, the 23-year old has been quite impressive as he has claimed 78 wickets in 28 matches at a very good average of a little over 24. His best match figures of 12 for 104 came in the 2014/15 Ranji Trophy against Gujarat, an effort which helped his team win by 8 wickets.

Rush Kalaria has also been a very decent lower order batsman and boasts of a 30-plus average in first-class cricket with 2 centuries to go with it. The youngster can prove to be quite an asset in the Indian Test squad which is currently devoid of a left-arm fast bowler.

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Published 07 Oct 2016, 12:04 IST
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