The emergence of the Indian fast bowling quartet has been one of the biggest revelations of Indian cricket in the past three-four years. The manner in which the fast bowlers have impinged itself as one of the most potent attacks in the world- whether it is the safe confines of home conditions or foreign pitches- it is safe to say that we are in the golden age of the country’s fast-bowling history.
In Ishant Sharma [297 wickets in 97 Tests), Mohammed Shami [180 wickets in 49 Tests], Jasprit Bumrah [68 wickets from 14 Tests] and Umesh Yadav [144 wickets in 46 Tests], India have all bases covered as far as exploiting the different conditions around the world is concerned. And, the numbers back the claim too.
Since the start of 2018, the Indian fast bowling attack has sent down 2077.1 overs and have claimed 292 wickets at an average of 21.33. For a bowling group that has bowled in excess of 2000 overs since 2018, Indian fast bowlers average of 21.33 is the best in the world, followed by South Africa [278 wickets in 2167.1 overs at an average of 24.81], Australia [285 wickets in 2503 overs at an average of 25.45], New Zealand [246 wickets in 2305.3 overs at an average of 26.02] and England [332 wickets in 3021.4 overs at an average of 26.78].
Bharat Arun reckons that the Indian fast bowling group can dominate for at least two years
And, Bharat Arun, India’s bowling coach, who has overseas the whirlwind revolution feels that the current Indian fast bowling quartet can dominate the cricketing world for at least two years and maybe beyond if they can remain fit and strong.
“The present attack has done exceptionally well and I don’t see any problem in them continuing as a group for at least two more years. If they remain fit and strong, they can well continue after that as a group but yes certainly two years at least,” Arun said.
Bharat Arun reckoned that an exciting group of fast bowlers is coming up and the coaches as well as selectors should be identifying the next batch in earnest in order to ensure a well-oiled bench-strength.
The Indian fast bowling group’s next set of assignments will include a four-match Test series in Australia followed by back-to-back five Tests against England at home and away in 2021. And, the upcoming 18 months could well define their legacy in the annals of the cricketing folklore.