In a bid to bolster the fast bowling cabinet for the future with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Umesh Yadav, all on the wrong side of the 30s, the BCCI is planning to introduce an Exclusive Young Pacers Contract’.
India has made improvements by leaps and bounds in the pace bowling department, especially during the tenure of Bharat Arun as the India and NCA fast bowling coach. Rahul Dravid at the National Cricket Academy helped groom fast bowlers who have defined India’s dominance in red-ball cricket for the past few years.
Fast bowlers like Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Jasprit Bumrah, etc have given wings to the Indian team who along with the experience of Ishant, Shami and Umesh gave the opposition a run for their money in their own backyard.
The prime example for this was India’s recent Border-Gavaskar Trophy win in Australia where India was missing the services of Ishant Sharma and then lost both Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav to injuries in the first two Tests of the series.
Then stepped up Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, and Mohammed Siraj, not forgetting the surprise package of T Natarajan and all of these helped India win a test in Brisbane where Australia had not lost for 33 years prior.
10 Young Pacers To Be Groomed For Fast Tracking Into India A And Senior Teams By Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman And Troy Cooley
PTI reported that Ganguly, Shah along with head coach Dravid and NCA head Laxman are coming up with a contract for fast bowlers which will be separate from the central contract. 10 young budding fast bowlers will be handpicked by Troy Cooley, who will be joining the NCA as fast bowling coach and Laxman from the U19 and state sides and who are currently not in the national reckoning or do not have central contracts.
They will be evaluated by Dravid and Laxman to see if they can be fast-tracked into India A team and then the senior team.
India already has a decent batch of fast bowlers coming up with the likes of Umran Malik surprising everyone with his extreme pace in the recent IPL 2021. But such rare talents need to be groomed and trained properly in order to preserve their longevity and safekeeping them from injuries.