Former South African fast bowler Shaun Pollock said on Sunday that India currently has depth in the fast bowling department. He also believes that those days are gone when India struggled to find a quality third or back-up seamer.
From the last two-three years, Indian fast bowlers are performing very well. And the Indian team is enjoying success on foreign soil due to their performance. Talking on ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’ show, former South African captain recognizes this and says,
“Yeah, you guys (India) are really in a strong position now (with regard to fast bowling). The depth in bowling, the different variations, you have got some tall guys, shorter guys, quick, skillful, shaping the ball and you can decide in between them and you can have a real good balance,”
India currently has a whole squad of fast bowlers. It includes Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Jaspreet Bumrah. The team also has a good bench-strength of bowlers like Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, and Navdeep Saini.
The former South Africa captain recalled that there was a time when India had no third bowler to support key fast bowlers like Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad.
“If you decide to go with three or even four-seamers, you now have got guys who can step in. In the years gone by, you might have had a Srinath or a Venkatesh Prasad, but then the replacement bowler…third bowler or backup bowler… was not of the same quality and that’s where I thought they were letting themselves down,”
Earlier former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid also appreciated the Indian fast bowlers. He said I think this is the best fast bowling attack we have had.
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