Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron Key to India's World Cup Title Defence: Shoaib Akhtar

Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar felt India's ability to keep the pace troika of Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav fit will have a big impact on their chances of defending the World Cup in 2015.

updated: September 29, 2014 18:06 IST
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Mohammed Shami celebrates during the ODI series vs England.


Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, once a nemesis of many a top Indian batsman, is now ready to offer advice to his arch-rivals, saying that Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron will be key to India's 2015 World Cup defence. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants India to learn from England experience)

"Shami, Umesh (Yadav) and (Varun) Aaron are the ones. Keep them fresh, well-trained and give them proper practice from the World Cup's point of view. If these three bowlers can be fit and firing in the World Cup, then India will be unstoppable," Akhtar said on the sidelines the limited-overs series between India and England. (Virat Kohli back in form, shatters Indian T20 records)

Shoaib, who will coach the State Bank of Pakistan in the upcoming first-class season, also gave some food for thought to the Indian think-tank that has been using Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar like work-horses over the past year or so.

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