Khaleel Ahmed, Bharat Arun, India vs Windies 2018
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The Indian pace battery has shaped itself among the best in the world presently. They have not only thrived on seaming conditions but also the sub-continent decks recently which traditionally doesn’t assist fast bowlers to a greater extent. The performance on Sunday was a testament to the Indian fast bowling attack who played a significant role in scripting a resounding victory against Bangladesh. India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun hailed the pace bowlers for operating as a pack.

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The number one Test team’s pace attack has been integral to their success in recent years. The men in blue managed to trouble the batsmen in their recent overseas tours to South Africa, England, Australia. Although Virat Kohli’s men couldn’t taste success against the Proteas and the Brits in their den, they recorded their first-ever series victory down under earlier this year. Spearheaded by Ishant Sharma, India plundered Bangladesh by an innings in both the games to win the Test series by 2-0.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma (R) talks with Virat Kohli. Credit: BCCI

Bharat Arun hails India’s pacers

Speaking of their bowling attack, Bharat Arun said that all the fast bowlers take joy not only in their performances but also in their colleagues’. He opined that the fast bowling crew chase for wickets as a pack by setting defined procedures. The fact that they work on their basics constantly is what gives them the cutting edge. The 56-year old lauded their experience along with adaptability to different situations and terms the New Zealand tour next year as a considerable challenge.

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They hunt as a pack, they have their processes set and they take a lot of pride in each others’ performances, not just in theirs, so that’s the secret behind the pack. They work on the basics a lot,” he said. Arun feels that the boys adapt beautifully and that is what sets them apart. We are an experienced bowling attack, and the beauty is how quickly they adapt to situations. I thought they adapted beautifully to these conditions. New Zealand will be a good challenge and we are really looking forward to it,” Arun said as quoted by TimesNow.

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Wriddhiman Saha. Credit: Twitter

Wriddhiman Saha comments about the pace attack and his keeping:

Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha also echoed his admirations for them by saying that they have found success both overseas and in home conditions. Like many experts, Saha stated that pace bowlers have risen to dominance as much as the spinners have always had. The veteran went on to comment about his wicket-keeping skills by adding that he hasn’t done anything out of the way, but only tried to stick to the basics as much as possible. He further stated that Bumrah is the toughest to keep to followed by Shami, Ishant, and Umesh Yadav; however, didn’t face any real struggle.

“In the last 3-4 years, we have had an amazing pace attack, all 140+. We have been successful outside and at home. It has been wobbling and swinging all that, especially under lights. It’s not that only spin is dominant now for India.” Saha said about the fast bowlers.

“I’ve never tried anything specifically for the conditions in terms of keeping, just tried to do the basics right. Bumrah is number one on the list – after that Shami, Umesh, Ishant in that order, but didn’t really struggle much,” he stated further.

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