Paras Mhambrey, India’s Under-19 bowling coach has however told the pacers to not get carried away with their pace and maintain the accuracy.
One of the prime reasons behind a resounding performance by India all through the U-19 World Cup was their sensational and sheer pace. The fiery pace brigade who consistently clocked over 145 kph-mark and was always near the 150 kph barrier which is heartening to see from an Indian bowler at such an young age.
They instilled fear in the opposition batting line-ups and made their life difficult with their raw pace and ability to swing the ball both ways.
“We told them that a speed gun can be tweaked too. You can have Brett Lee bowling and someone can get the speed gun to show 130 kph. That should be the yardstick rather than looking at the screen,” Mhambrey said.
He made a SWOT Analysis on the fast bowling brigade which was part of the tournament and helped India clinch their record 4th World Cup title during the recently concluded 12th edition.
Speaking on speedster Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Mhambrey said that given his build no one expects Nagarkoti to click those speeds which he did all through the tournament quite consistently.
“He’s wiry in build and you don’t expect him to touch those speeds. He’s very skiddy and surprises batsmen and hits the bat very quickly. Like he did in the opening match against Australia, where he bumped a couple of batsmen. Mhambrey maintained.
Speaking on Shivam Mavi the former Indian cricketer said, “His main strength is to bring the ball into the right-hander. And at the pace he does it, he will always trouble batsmen,” Mhambrey asserted.
The Bengal lad Ishaan Porel made his mark in the semi-final and the final where he bagged 4 and 2 wickets respectively.
Speaking on Porel, Mhambrey said, “He’s a lot taller than the other two and hits the deck. So naturally, he gets a lot more bounce. With his length and bounce, it was not easy for batsmen to drive on the rise on those wickets. They really had to play a good shot to take him on,” Mhambrey maintained while considering Porel.
Arshdeep Singh played just a couple of matches in the tournament and Mhambrey feels he is very raw compared to others.
“He’s very raw compared to the others and hasn’t played as much as them. He swings the ball a lot and is confident about his variations. He had a tendency to bowl around the wicket to right-handers, even with the new ball,” Mhambrey said on Arshdeep.
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