Traditionally Pakistan have always been blessed with some world-class fast-bowlers. In the last 2-3 decades, the country witnessed an overflow of a number of legendary as well as quality fast-bowlers. Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir are few of the famous fast-bowlers from the country.
At present, the likes of Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain are the youngsters who have shown a lot of potential. But unlike Pakistan, India were not so lucky in terms of getting quality fast-bowlers. While India definitely got some world-class pacers like Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan and others but the flow was not continuous.
However, things have changed drastically in recent years. India’s pace attack is one of the best in the world if not the best. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav have made India’s attack a potent one. The bench strength is strong too with the likes of Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan and others waiting in the wings.
Unsurprisingly, there is a view that India’s current pace attack is stronger than Pakistan’s. However, former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar thinks otherwise. Shoaib Akhtar was recently asked about the bowling lineups of both the teams when he was interacting with his followers on Twitter through a question-answer session.
One of the users asked him: “Do you agree that Team India have better fast bowlers than Pakistan now than before”
In reply, Shoaib Akhtar disagreed and said that the pace attack of both the teams are at par.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 3, 2021