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Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the three frontline pacers in India s World Cup squad. @AFP

Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir feels the Indian World Cup squad is “one quality fast bowler” short. Two-time winners India begin their campaign with a big-ticket match against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.

“I feel Indian team lacks one more quality fast bowler. (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) need more support. You may argue that India has two fast bowling all-rounders in Hardik (Pandya) and Vijay Shankar but I am not convinced. In the end it boils down to getting the team combination right and sticking to it,” Gambhir said.

The former India World Cup winner said so while giving the keynote address at the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2019 here.

Gambhir is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the East Delhi constituency from a BJP ticket. (ALSO READ: There is no one even closer to Hardik Pandya’s talent with both bat and ball in the Indian team: Virender Sehwag)

On the ICC showpiece, the left-handed batsman said, “This will be a well contested tournament as all the teams play each other. This format will give us the real world champion and I think ICC should stick to this format for all future World Cups.”

Talking about the teams to watch out for in the tournament, Gambhir picked Australia, England and New Zealand along with India. (ALSO READ: MS Dhoni gives me the freedom to do my thing Virat Kohli)

“Besides India I will be keenly watching Australia as they are a side to beat. They have most well rounded bowling attack in the competition. I will also be watching New Zealand and hosts England.”