IPL 2019: Five Indian pacers to watch out for
Over the last 11 seasons of the IPL, several pacers have played a pivotal role in helping their teams to dominate the proceedings. Teams have relied on quality bowling to deliver consistent performances. Handling the new ball and dictating the show at the death are key attributes of good pacers. And, here we look at five Indian pacers, who could shine in IPL 2019.
The sultan of swing: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Sunrisers Hyderabad have the best bowling line-up going into IPL 2019. The Orange Army's Indian pace quartet can help them go the distance. Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the unit, with swing bowling being his weapon. He has been one of the most consistent pacers in the league. Bhuvi has picked up 120 scalps at a decent economy rate of 7.15.
The old ball specialist: Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami had an excellent Test campaign for India in 2018 where he picked up 47 wickets. The performances helped him get back into the ODI squad and he has grabbed the opportunity with both hands. KXIP shelled out millions to get him and Shami will be handed the responsibility to go out all guns blazing. Further, his physical transformation will boost his confidence.
The death over specialist: Jasprit Bumrah
Since 2017, Jasprit Bumrah has seen his stock rising and is now considered one of the best across formats. He was India's most successful bowler in Test cricket, last term. And, the IPL has played a significant role in shaping his career. JB has taken 52 wickets for Mumbai in the last three seasons. His accuracy and toe-crushing yorkers could unsettle oppositions once again.
The pace king: Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav will try to put in a commendable shift in IPL 12. He stood out for RCB last season with 20 scalps to his name. Virat Kohli will reply on Umesh to deliver wickets once again. The right-arm fast bowler has been in solid form for Vidarbha. He helped them reach the final after match-winning performances in both quarter and semi-final (21 wickets).
The talented youngster: Prasidh Krishna
Prasidh Krishna didn't get to the best of starts for KKR last season after being smashed in the double-header against Mumbai Indians. From there on, the 22-year-old bowler got back his bearing and delivered quality performances. Krishna can bowl quick and he has the height as well to cause issues. He took 10 wickets last season and can better the show this time around.