Indian cricket in past didn’t really produce too many quality pacers. While there are definitely exceptions, there is no denying that India’s cricket always craved for quality pacers. However, time has changed now and Indian cricket is brimming with world-class pacers. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami have turned India’s attack into a formidable one.
And as they keep on impressing on the field, they have received perhaps the best praise till date with former West Indies skipper Brian Lara comparing the current Indian bowling lineup with that of the deadly West Indian attacks from the yesteryear.
“Unbelievable. I saw them in the West Indies. When you look at the quality- (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, (Umesh) Yadav, all these guys, and the guys on the sidelines, like Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) are unbelievable,” Brian Lara told reporters in Mumbai.
“It reminds me a little bit of the (pace bowling) strength that the West Indies had in the 80s and 90s. The reserve strength is very important in assessing a team’s ability. It means that your attack has quality,” Lara added.
The Indian pacers were at their devastating best last year. In 2018, the Indian pace trio of Bumrah, Sharma and Shami, scalped a record 142 wickets among them in Test matches. They helped India win a Test in South Africa, England and the series in Australia. The trio also helped the team beat West Indies 2-0 after the World Cup.
India, meanwhile, have already sealed the ongoing Test series against South Africa. Despite Bumrah not being a part of the series due to an injury, India had little difficulty in beating the Proteas. The third and the final Test of the series will take place in Ranchi.