Inzamam-ul-Haq.(Photo: ICC)

Last Update on: August 8th, 2021 at 03:14 pm

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was effusive in his praise for India‘s pace bowling attack in the first Test against England at Trent Bridge. He opined that the Indian bowlers set the tone for the entire Test series by dismissing the hosts for 183.

Inzamam-ul-Haq observed that the pace attack led by Jasprit Bumrah didn’t give any breathing space to the English batters; even Joe Root, who scored a fifty in the first innings played a scratchy hand and was regularly tested.

In the second innings, once again the English batting line-up revolved around their skipper. Root scored a brilliant century but the next best score was 29. Inzamam-ul-Haq reckoned the constant pressure by the Indian pace battery is bound to leave discouraging marks on England’s batters.

India, England
Jasprit Bumrah finished with 9 wickets in the game [Image- Twitter]

“With their fast bowling on the first day, Team India set the rhythm for the series. They put England on the backfoot right away. Subcontinent bowlers often find it difficult in the first Test since the lines to be bowled in England are different. Team India’s bowlers demoralized England’s batting,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said in his YouTube video.

“Bumrah picked up four wickets in the first innings and put England on the backfoot. Joe Root scored a fifty in the first innings as well but Bumrah never allowed him to feel comfortable. The others pacers like Mohammed Shami and Siraj are also brilliant,” he added.

I have never seen such an Indian fast bowling line-up: Inzamam-ul-Haq

The 51–year-old Pakistani legend remains in awe of the current Indian fast-bowling cartel. He said the Asian giants have previously had some really good individual pacers, but they have never had such a high-quality cohort who bowl with relentlessness.

This strength in depth helped India register a historic series triumph in Australia after the first-choice pacers were injured.

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj. Image-Twitter

“I have never seen such an Indian fast bowling line-up. Team India have produced very good fast bowlers in the past as well. But the current Indian pacers have genuine fast bowlers’ aggression. When you have aggressive pacers, such performances are bound to come about,” the former batsman further praised. 

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