India’s off-spinner Harbhajan Singh believes this is the golden era of the Indian fast bowling. The Indian pace battery has done a fabulous job in the recent past and they have bowled at the top of their mark. In fact, India’s pace troika of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah have scalped more than 130 wickets, which is the record for the calendar year.
They have been able to ask the right questions from the opposition batsmen and have reaped fruits for their extra yards. The pace battery has bowled in excess of 140 km/h and their accuracy with their line and length has been commendable.
The pace battery has been relentless.
In fact, India has never had the luxury of great fast bowlers and it is great to note these fiery bowlers coming through the ranks.
“Most definitely [best bowling attack]. We never had the luxury of three great fast bowlers who could pick up wickets at the same time. They all bowl 140-plus throughout. We had the great Kapil Dev, then after that, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan. However, there was always concerns around the third and even the second seamer,” Harbhajan told India Today after India’s historic Boxing Day Test victory on Sunday.
Furthermore, India has a great bench strength with bowlers like Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar not finding their place in the playing XI. Thus, it has been a golden era of Indian fast bowling.
Potent bench strength.
“It’s great to see India dominating with pace, which was never our strength. Even in Indian conditions, in the recent past, Umesh Yadav, who is now not in the playing XI in Australia, took 10 wickets against the West Indies. That shows the bench strength we have. Then we have Bhuvneshwar Kumar. We have five bowlers who could take anyone’s place. This is probably the golden era of fast bowling of Indian cricket.”
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Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh also took off his hat for the pace battery which has bowled their heart out in the recent past. Hence, they have been instrumental in the success of the team.
“Hats off to Jasprit Bumrah, he has been outstanding to watch. Ishant Sharma has been able to bowl 20-25 overs every match. Mohammed Shami he is a class apart. These guys have done a great job. Hats off to them for putting up such great performances.”
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Indian team is delighted to get the services of such a potent bowling line-up which has shown the promise to take 20 wickets day in and day out. The fourth and final Test match will take place at Sydney from January 3.