India well prepared, says Balaji

L. Balaji was all praise for India's fast bowling department. "Ashish Nehra and (Jasprit) Bumrah are bowling very well now. Ashish has made a very good comeback. It’s not easy to do make a comeback after six years to a new Indian team. I rate Ashish very high," he said.

L. Balaji poses with the winners of the Bowling Challenge held in Nagpur on Monday.

Former India medium pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji said at a promotional event here on Monday that India has prepared itself well for the ICC World T20. “It has got the combinations right in the last three tournaments against Australia, Sri Lanka and in the Asia Cup. The seniors as well as the juniors are doing well. The fast bowling department has been looking great especially in the death overs. I think whichever team gets a good start will get the momentum and it will finish well,’’ said Balaji who presented trophies to the winners of MoneyGram’s Bowling Challenge. About 15,000 participants from 50 cities took part in the Bowling Challenge.

About India’s fast bowling department, he said: “Ashish Nehra and (Jasprit) Bumrah are bowling very well now. Ashish has made a very good comeback. It’s not easy to do make a comeback after six years to a new Indian team. He has had his ups and downs. I rate Ashish very high.’’

The top four winners of the Bowling Challenge have been given cash prizes and hospitality tickets to see the India-New Zealand match here on Tuesday. “It’s a good initiative to look for talent in interior India. It will give a new dimension to finding talent in the country,’’ said Balaji.

The top four are Jalandhar’s Shubek Singh Gill (bowled at a speed of 85 mph), Chapra’s Prashant Kumar Singh (83 mph), Malappuram’s Asif (79 mph) and Muzaffarnagar’s Ankur Kumar (78 mph). Gill, Prashant and Asif have played in the BCCI tournaments. In all, there were 50 winners.