Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Tribe of Indian Fast Bowlers

“Jasprit Bumrah you beauty”, “Mohammad Shami is ripping apart the middle order”, Ishant Sharma is making early breakthroughs”, these are some statements acknowledged by great players sitting in the commentary box and rejoicing to see the Indian Fast bowling hunting in the ground.

From the past two years, there has been a dramatic shift in the overall building of the Indian cricket team. The heavy Indian batting order has always been in talks but that has been overshadowed by the tribe of Indian pace bowlers in recent times. Indian fast bowlers have emerged in the International arena and are making inroads to the world dominance. The biggest addition to this pace attack has been undoubtedly Jasprit Bumrah along with Mohammad Shami & Ishant Sharma in the test format.

In 2018, the Indian pace attack combined took around 172 wickets with 133 wickets accomplished by the trio of Shami-Sharma-Bumrah. They have been phenomenal with their accuracy and have been consistently hitting the 140kmph mark and above. The Indian pace bowlers had the average of 23.72 better than their counterparts like NewZealand, England & Australia.

There has been a change in the mindset of the fast bowlers which India never had the luxury of in the past. India relied heavily on the spinners and with the likes of Shami, Bumrah, Sharma have started to break the stereotype. The pool of Indian fast bowlers has been on the rise. Bhuvaneshwar, Shami, Bumrah, Ishant, Umesh Yadav already have quite a bit of International experience, names like Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddharth Kaul, Varun Aron and many others have started to knock the door of Indian Dressing room.

BCCI now need to take care of the whole pool of the fast bowlers. They should be under constant guidance and scrutiny of their performance and make them injury free. A complete holistic approach should be provided to safeguard the pool of talented fast bowlers and the day would not be far where Indian pacers would be a nightmare for the batsman around the world.

Madhurendra Kumar for DieHard Cricket Fans

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