Karsan Ghavri, a nippy left-handed fast bowler, rose through the ranks at a time when the Indian bowling was dominated by its famed quartet of spin bowlers, And, so, for him to see an Indian fast bowling attack grow by leaps and bounds in the past 5-6 years, it has been a complete revelation, something he had never imagined
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In Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Indian cricket team now boasts of an attack that can wrack havoc against the best of batting attacks in the world and across varied conditions.
Heaping high praise on the Indian pace-bowling attack, Ghavri went on to hail it as the best bowling attack going around in the current era.
“India has the best fast bowling attack in the world, which is extraordinary. Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar… you cannot go wrong with these guys. They’ve been performing extremely well. To win a Test match, you need to take 20 wickets and due to these bowlers, India have been able to do so regularly and effectively.” Karsan Ghavri told Hindustan Times.
Ghavri was full of praise for Jasprit Bumrah, who, he thinks has transformed into a world-class bowler in the past four years. And, surely no one can argue with that. Since making his Test debut against South Africa in 2018, Bumrah has taken a five-wicket haul in four of the five countries he has played in, which also includes a hat-trick against the West Indies.
Never thought an Indian bowler would nail yorkers on a consistent basis: Karsan Ghavri
Ghavri hailed Bumrah for the amount of hard work he has put in, in the past few years, considering the fact that it is so difficult to maintain accuracy with the kind of action that he has.
“In the beginning, when he started playing Ranji Trophy for Gujarat. No one thought he would scale the peak he has because he had this unconventional action like Malinga. He’s an extremely different bowler; he is no Dennis Lille or a Michael Holding. He’s worked extremely hard to reach where he has because with that sort of action, for Bumrah to maintain the kind of accuracy he has, is commendable. I never thought a fast bowler could have the kind of variety Bumrah has.” Karsan Ghavri added.
Ghavri also went on to hail Bumrah’s accuracy as far as bowling in the block hole is concerned, admitting that he’d never imagined that he’ll see an Indian bowler nail yorkers nine times out of ten on a consistent basis.
“Initially, people thought he could only bowl inswingers, but today he can make the ball go away. Besides, he can bowl the best yorkers. He executes it nine out of ten times, which is something I thought I’d never see from an Indian bowler. He’s got a threatening bouncer and at the same time, an excellent slower bouncer. He’s the perfect all-round fast-bowling package.” Karsan Ghavri added.
Karsan Ghavri played 39 Tests and 19 ODIs for India between 1974-81 during which he claimed 109 and 15 wickets respectively.