Current Indian bowling attack incredible: Graeme Swann

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Published on: Jul 16, 2020

Former England off spinner Graeme Swann has termed the current Indian bowling attack incredible, and claimed that it has the ability to bowl out any side cheaply. Swann was in West Indies when the Indian pace attack comprising of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma blew away West Indies with 33 wickets in two Tests, and was highly impressed with India's bowling prowess.

"I thought it was incredible and I said at the time, this Indian team right now would bowl out any team in the world cheaply with this bowling attack. The way they''re bowling right now, and I stand by that it''s incredible," Swann said while taking part in Sony Ten's chat show titled Pit Stop.

While West Indies were hammered 0-2 by India in last year's Test series, they go into the second Test against hosts England with a crucial 1-0 lead. Windies beat the hosts by four wickets in the first Test played post resumption of cricket in the COVID-19 scenario.

According to Swann, who claimed 255 wickets in 60 Tests, England made a wrong choice by leaving out old warhorse Stuart Broad, and paid the price for the same. "England were playing the Ashes, they wouldn't have watched it. We were there and that was an Indian team, an Indian bowling attack in unbelievable form. Jasprit Bumrah was in incredible form in that series," Swann said about the India-West Indies series.

"I think England underestimated the West Indies, even subconsciously, and they picked the wrong team. England got their team selection wrong by dropping Stuart Broad. I will keep banging on about this. England blunted their whole bowling attack by not playing Stuart Broad," he further said about the decision to keep Broad out of the bowling attack at Southampton.

Praising Broad, Swann termed him as a perfect foil to James Anderson, England's premier bowler in Test. "A fast bowler who can bowl 25 overs a day on the spot, never bowl a bad ball, day in day out, same pace -- that is Stuart Broad. He is the foil for James Anderson. If you want to know how to beat anybody as an England team, you pick Stuart Broad and James Anderson, together. While they are still working, still walking, pick them together for goodness sake," the 41-year-old said in further praise of the England pacer.

The second Test will also mark the return of regular skipper Joe Root, who missed the first Test due to the birth of his second child.

--By A Cricket Correspondent

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