Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra believes that the Indian Premier League (IPL) has changed Indian cricket in a better manner and has played a key role in the growth of the Indian pace battery.
India breached the Centurion fortress by defeating South Africa by 113 runs in the first Test of the three-match Test series. Indian pacer Mohammed Shami led the pace attack from the front picking 8 wickets in the match and Jasprit Bumrah also bagged 5 wickets and the two experienced pacers got very good support from pacers Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur.
Speaking on Cricbuzz, Ashish Nehra said that India have a lot of quality pacers in the team which was not the case in the past.
“It makes me very happy. Earlier, there was no IPL and domestic cricket had too much gap and a player played fewer matches. IPL has changed the Indian cricket in a better manner. The team now has seniors like Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar along with the youngsters.”
“India have ample options in the fast bowling setup and that’s been a major reason behind the change. Fast bowling is physically demanding. We have seen players break down and suffer injuries. The team didn’t have replacements in the past. but India now has players who can replace a bowler who has played 50-100 Test matches,” he added.
One More Thing To Point Out Is India’s Use Of The Conditions – Ashish Nehra
Nehra pointed out that with the increase in the number of overseas tours Indian pacers have benefited.
“One more thing to point out is India’s use of the conditions. Since 2018, the Indian team has travelled twice to England, Australia and South Africa. These foreign tours used to happen once in 4-5 years in the past. India have benefitted from this change, and bowlers have accustomed well to foreign conditions,” he maintained.
Ashish Nehra further added that Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah have done a great job for Indian in flat surfaces, Umesh Yadav has done a good job whenever he got the opportunity and Ishant Sharma has contributed with his experience.
“Shami & Bumrah have delivered on flat wickets too. Umesh has also performed in the limited opportunities he’s got. Ishant also contributes with his experience. The Indian bowling unit has fared reasonably well in 2021,” Nehra asserted.
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