‘Most complete’ India pace attack excites Tendulkar

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Sachin Tendulkar believes India’s current pace attack in Test cricket is the “most complete” the country has had in a long time.

Tendulkar was speaking ahead of India’s five-match Test series in England that starts on 1 August.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was arguably India’s player of the series in South Africa earlier this year while there was also an encouraging debut for Jasprit Bumrah in the longest format.

The lanky Ishant Sharma has now played 82 Tests and Umesh Yadav brings that extra yard of pace if it is required.

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Tendulkar told PTI: “This is the most complete fast-bowling attack that India have had in many years. In my assessment, this attack would go as one of the best.

“We have the luxury where we have a swing bowler (Bhuvneshwar Kumar), a tall bowler (Ishant Sharma), a skiddy bowler (Jasprit Bumrah) and a genuine quick bowler (Umesh Yadav).

“It is a nice combination to have with so much variation on offer.”

India legend Tendulkar also feels that allrounder Hardik Pandya and the batting ability of Bhuvneshwar gives the Indian team a better balance.

Tendulkar added: “The current India team is constantly looking at seamers who can contribute with the bat big time.

“I think these two guys have contributed crucial runs every now and then.

“Hardik has just got into the side but I think Bhuvi contributing brilliantly and that contribution changes the balance of the team in a positive manner.

“It’s good to have batsmen who can bowl four-five overs but even better if we have bowlers who can score those crucial runs. The kind of contributions that can help you move forward.”

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