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Indian 'Fast' Bowling unit: Up close

Generally, going into any big match up, every big team has got a good fast bowler who can effortlessly clock 145 Kmph+, right from the Johnsons to the Steyns, the Lees and many more. But since the Indian cricket team’s inception, barring Javagal Srinath, have you ever wondered even for a moment why we haven’t produced a good fast bowler who can be a match-winner come what may?

Now we have got 3 players who are seriously fast and can bowl long spells without dropping pace.


He has just been in the international circuit for about a year and a half, and he has proved that he can be destructive in the early overs with his searing pace and also at the death with those yorkers. He has slowly started to improve on the yorker balls, which will come very handy come the knock out phase.

This lad burst onto the scene when he bowled 4 maidens against Pakistan in an ODI fixture in Delhi, defending a paltry total of 167. His persistence richly paid off by giving him a wicket and giving India a famous victory.

He got a whopping 38 wickets in 2014 with a very impressive strike-rate of 22.3. These stats show you that he is no ordinary bowler, and he has been trained by many professionals, including the great Wasim Akram.


He is also a lad who has proven to be a match-winner. His pace and bounce can terrorize any batsman. Also a player coached by the great Wasim Akram.

This guy has picked up 53 wickets in 43 matches he has played, with a healthy average of 35. But his economy rate of 5.79 has been a big worry.

His pace can be disastrous too, as even a sight of width or a delivery on the pads will race away to the boundary.  He had a poor test series against Australia like all the other Indian bowlers, as they provided constant width and gave away easy deliveries.

He was expensive in his first spell against Pakistan, but came back brilliantly to pick up 2 crucial wickets and turned the match in India’s favour. He also began well against UAE, using the short ball to good effect. He is another great fast bowler in the coming


He has been training hard with the great Glenn McGrath at the MRF Pace Academy. McGrath termed him as a great fast bowler, who can come up trumps in the future. He had a torrid time in Australia, but had a relatively better time in England, using his pace to good effect.

He is a bowler who can constantly clock 145 Kmph+ with decent control.

Although he hasn’t had much experience, this experience will do him many favours and surely he will be India’s premier bowler one day.

These bowlers when working in tandem, can take the Indian Cricket Team forward in years to come.


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