Kapil Dev, former Indian captain, and its highest wicket-taking fast bowler in Test match cricket feel that the fast bowlers will hold themselves in good stead in the upcoming Test series in Australia but he is concerned about whether the batsmen will be able to counter the threat of the Australian track on the pitches Down Under.
The Indian cricket team will be locking horns with Australia in a series of white-ball internationals before the caravan moves to the all-important Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
“Looking at our pace attack, it will be about the batsmen. We are not sure if our batsmen will score 400 runs. If they don’t struggle, we won’t have any problem,” Kapil Dev said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2020 on Friday.
Indian fast bowling has come up by leaps and bounds in the past few years. During their last tour of Australia, the pace-bowling group-led by Jasprit Bumrah, out-bowled their famed Aussie counterparts.
Bumrah, who was the leading wicket-taker in that series, has earned great plaudits for his exceptional performances from some of the biggest names in the game, including former West Indies captain, Brian Lara, who had reckoned that he wouldn’t mind facing the likes of Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan or Javagal Srinath but not Jasprit Bumrah.
Kapil Dev is really proud of the way that Bumrah has evolved but he reckoned that the talented fast-bowler sometimes tries to put a bit too much pressure on his body, adding that he hopes that Bumrah survives the grueling affair.
“He (Bumrah) is not an Indian bowler,” remarked Dev.
Kapil Dev also shared the importance of swing bowling, adding that the IPL players should concentrate on getting their basics right.
“This IPL (the players) realised swing is more important than pace. Even Sandeep Sharma bowled 120 kph, but was more effective as he was swinging,” Dev said. “They are running away from the art,” he added.