Former Indian opening batsman Aakash Chopra has stayed on the surface with his Youtube videos even as there exists no live cricket as of now. In one of his latest videos, he answered some of the challenging questions from the fans. It also included Aakash Chopra’s opinion on the best fast bowling attack in Tests, and he made a slightly debatable statement.
According to the cricketer-turned-commentator, India and Australia possess the best fast bowling attacks at present. The two top-notch sides have reigned supreme over their opponents over the last few years. They are near unbeatable at home while have done reasonably well overseas too. Australia sneaked out of England, retaining the urn the previous year while India won the series down under and took South Africa and England to their limits in 2018.
However, India’s pace bowling attack outbowled the Australian’s considerably in Australia. The likes of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishant Sharma fared a mile better than Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood. Despite that, Aakash Chopra opines that the bowling attack of Australia is slightly better than India’s.
Aakash Chopra underlined the variety of Aussie attack behind choosing them as the superior one. Hazlewood, Cummins, and Starc make up their first-choice bowling attack while James Pattinson is a second-fiddle, who is equally adequate. The 42-year old labelled Cummins as an “X-factor” and Starc’s left-arm pace as the prime reason for choosing Australia over India.
Aakash Chopra hails Indian pacers as well:
At the same time, the former Indian opening batsman didn’t hold back from appreciating his countrymen too. Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Bumrah have been extremely impressive in overseas as well as sub-continent, running through oppositions with ease. Mohammed Shami, in particular, has been exceptionally successful in generating reverse-swing with the old ball and being venomous with the new cherry. Umesh Yadav has proved as a dangerous prospect as well of late.
India’s upcoming tour of Australia later this year would act as the real test for the Indian team. With David Warner, Steve Smith, and a rejuvenated Marnus Labuschagne set to be part of Australia’s outfit; it would be far from a cakewalk for the tourists compared to the previous occasion.