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  • Johnson said India has taken the risk by choosing only four fast bowlers

  • Questions are being raised on the inclusion of Mohammed Shami in the team as a standby player

  • You have to keep three fast bowlers in the team in Australia

New Delhi: Former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson feels that India’s combination for the T20 World Cup is a bit risky as the team has picked fewer pacers for bouncy pitches. The move to keep veteran Mohammed Shami on standby has surprised some experts. The Indian selectors have reposed faith in the Jasprit Bumrah-led quartet along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel and Arshdeep Singh.

Johnson told PTI on the sidelines of ‘Legends League Cricket (LLC)’, ‘If you have one all-rounder (fast bowling), two spinners and four fast bowlers in the team, then it is a bit risky. But India is looking at playing two fast bowlers and one all-rounder (Hardik Pandya) and two spinners in the playing XI.

The former left-arm fast bowler said, ‘In Australia you have to keep three fast bowlers in the team. In Perth conditions, four fast bowlers will have to be hired. I think they have planned and picked the team but with just four fast bowlers it can be risky.

Indian team selected for T20 World Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel and Arshdeep Singh.

Standby player – Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi and Deepak Chahar.

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