The next two-match Test series against Bangladesh would be an opportunity for the Indian pacers to prove themselves in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, according to bowling coach Paras Mhambrey. He continued by saying that Umesh Yadav would be leading the assault.
Umesh has played in just 11 Tests in the last four years despite being a part of the Indian team for the most of the last ten years. Mhambrey said, "Umesh is a very experienced bowler, we all know what he brings to the table. With how things have been, unfortunately, he hasn't got too many opportunities looking at the team balance. It is unfortunate that the veteran pacer spends more time warming the bench than being on the field.
"Bumrah, Shami, and Mohammad Siraj are a few of the new arrivals. Unfortunately, he didn't have many opportunities. The team management has explained to him why certain decisions have been made, and we have been very upfront about Umesh's concerns."
"If I look at it the other way, Umesh Yadav becomes a spearhead for us now," he continued. He will bring a wealth of experience with him to the Test match. I'm pleased with Siraj's performance in Test cricket as well. He has excelled for us and won Test matches for us while playing for us in England and other locations.
"Although there are high expectations for Umesh, Siraj also has a fantastic chance to step in. From this point on, every Test match will be crucial for us, so we want him to take wickets. We are winning games and advancing in the standings every time, and that is how we do it."
There will be a lot of pressure on the bowlers to find wicket-taking opportunities because the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong has historically favored hitters. It's something that even Taskin Ahmed addressed in the press conference on Monday. Mhambrey doesn't want to stress out too much about the opposition's strategies, though.
They are highly aware of their circumstances, he remarked. "As a home team, they have an edge because they are familiar with the terrain and have played here far more frequently than we have. However, it really doesn't matter whose side we are playing when a Test match is played on a fresh day. Regarding how we'll carry out our strategies in the upcoming series and test match, our viewpoint is clear. We want to put our attention on ourselves, play well, and welcome this challenge.
"We'll focus on the top layer. Yesterday, we saw the wicket. Here, on a flat wicket, we played one game. In terms of bowling, we are aware that taking 20 wickets will need a lot of effort. We'll decide whether to use three seamers or three spinners based on the surface. High-scoring games have been the norm over the last two to three years here."
Mhambrey isn't very concerned about the team's ability to adjust to the five-day format even though they will be returning to the longest format after a lengthy layoff. "It's been a very long time since we've played Test cricket. Just going through the mental transition itself takes time. There are discussions going on. We have effectively discussed it. Many of the teams who have competed in the T20 World Cup have experienced this.
"These individuals have been playing in large numbers. Siraj, Umesh, and Saini all participated in the recently finished A series and played significant amounts of cricket. There is good communication among everyone. Although Shami and Bumrah will be missed, we also recognize this as a chance for the other players to experience Test cricket and contribute to the squad."
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Taskin must relax, and a late call regarding Shakib's availability must be made