In recent years, the Indian cricket team’s pacers have proven their worth all over the world. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav have done a commendable job of late as the new generation of fast bowlers also emerge as match winners.
India’s historic triumph in the Test Down Under series is the greatest example to prove this point. There was a time when senior pacemakers continued to be sidelined with injuries and young people took responsibility. As a result, the Indian team did the unexpected and beat Australia at the Gabba by 3 wickets to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1.
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Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd also praised the current Indian rhythm battery and said team management has developed a culture of recruiting fast bowlers which has yielded positive results. Speaking to The Telegraph, the two-time World Cup champion said the Indian cricketer is ‘a lot fitter now than he was before’.
“India has a better crop of fast bowlers than before and that’s because of the MRF center in Chennai. They have developed the culture of bringing fast bowlers there and it has been a success. Indian cricketers are much healthier now than they were before. It shows in their movements on the pitch, ”Lloyd wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
Llyod further spoke about Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah and said the latter has the ability to save the team when they struggle in a match.
“He (Bumrah) thinks all the time and can surprise you anytime. He can throw the vicious bouncer, he can swing the ball, he throws the slower ones. That is why India is where it is right now. He can provide breakthroughs at a time when the team is in trouble, ”said Lloyd.
When asked if Virat Kohli could be considered a great, Lloyd said: “He’s a great cricketer. I forgot to mention people like Kane Williamson. I greatly admire. There is also Geoffrey Boycott whom I did not mention. You would pay money to go and watch them.
“Don’t forget people like Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman… all great drummers. For many years, Rahul Dravid has been your best drummer. I now admire the young Rishabh pants.