Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock. Credit: BCCI

Last Update on: June 15th, 2020 at 10:03 am

Former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock believes that struggling for a good third of a back-up seamer is now a thing of past for Indian cricket. The legendary pacer was all praise for India’s current fast-bowling stock.

The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav have made India’s pace bowling department quite strong. The emergence of the likes of Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar have further bolstered the pace attack.

“Yeah, [India] are really in a strong position now [with regard to fast bowling]. The depth in bowling, the different variations, you have got some tall guys, shorter guys, quick, skillful, shaping the ball and you can decide in between them and you can have a real good balance,” Shaun Pollock said on Sony Ten Pit Stop.

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, New Zealand vs India 2020, India
Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The South African legend further recalled there was a period when India did not have replacement bowlers for Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad. Shaun Pollock played at a time when India indeed struggled to have good back-up pacers. He also revealed a recent chat with Bumrah in which the latter said how Indian pacers are competing with each other.

“If you decide to go with three or even four seamers, you now have got guys who can step in. In the years gone by, you might have had a Srinath or a Venkatesh Prasad, but then the replacement bowler – third bowler or backup bowler – was not of the same quality and that’s where I thought they were letting themselves down,” he recalled.

“We had a chat with Bumrah the other day, and he was saying everyone is competing, ready to go, you really have to keep performing and if you don’t have a good few games, then someone can step in and take your place. So, that’s a good situation for India,” he added.

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