Former Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has claimed that the Indian Premier League (IPL) has played a big role in the rise of the current batch of Indian bowlers. The franchises involved in the league have made sure to take care of their pacers with respect to their fitness and general health.
Under Virat Kohli, the fitness standard in the Indian team has been raised considerably. In order to make the team, a player has to go through the yo-yo tests and this has been made possible by IPL trainers who keep a regular check on a cricketer’s diet.
Speaking about the same, Tendulkar pointed out that the training methods that have been employed in the IPL have born fruits at the international level. He also congratulated Team India after its success in the second Test against England at Lord’s.
“What according to me the IPL has done is, the IPL has given us exposure to a lot of youngsters. There are a number of eyeballs following these youngsters.”
“And now I think there is more awareness as far as their diet is concerned, training methods are concerned, their discipline, focus, everything has come together. Here’s a big congratulations to our fast bowling unit and the coaching staff. Everyone has put in a lot of energy and made things happen,” the ‘Master Blaster’ said.
“They have really bowled well in foreign conditions” – Sachin Tendulkar
In the past few years, Team India has seen a gradual rise in overseas victories. Most of the credit goes to the pace attack which has consistently picked up wickets, especially considering how little assistance spinners have outside Asia. Adding to that, Tendulkar said that the Indian bowling attack is perhaps the best in the world right now.
“This is, I think, as a unit, possibly the best fast bowling unit today in the world and they deserve that title according to me because they have really bowled well in foreign conditions where there is not much help to spinners, the fast bowlers have raised their hands up and turned the whole game upside down.”
“It’s not about bowling 35-40 overs and then getting five wickets, I think they have done so in quick succession, so according to me, they deserve all the accolades and the celebrations going around the Indian team,” Tendulkar stated.
The already potent fast-bowling trio of Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishant Sharma has received a big boost after the addition of Mohammad Siraj to the attack. Team India will hope the pace quartet continues to reap rewards for their efforts.