New Delhi - Sachin Tendulkar believes India's current pace attack in
Test cricket is the "most complete" the country has had in a long
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.
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 all-rounder Hardik
Pandya and the batting ability of Bhuvneshwar gives the Indian team a better
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."