Former Indian batting great Rahul Dravid has opened up on the reason why India’s pace bowling attack is excelling like never before. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara’s has undoubtedly been the highlight of India’s recent overseas competitiveness in Tests; however, the Indian pacemen deserve equal credit. Virat Kohli’s ruthless approach against opposition by backing fast bowlers has very much worked in their favour.
Their batting failures in England and South Africa in 2018 were largely covered by their bowlers, who bowled as good as the opposition’s pace bowlers. Victory beckoned for the then number one Test team later in Australia when Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishant Sharma outbowled Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc by a mile. Their batting department also stood up in their first Test series victory down under.
Rahul Dravid reckons that the current crop of Indian fast bowlers are all different from each other, having developed the depth and being in peak form. Bumrah has the angle that causes trouble, Ishant has the height that makes batsmen uncomfortable while Shami is skiddy and swings the ball and Umesh Yadav is slingy. Hence, all these factors make them superior and unique.
“India has developed depth in fast bowling and they are all peaking right now. Also they are all different. Bumrah with his angle, Ishant has height, Shami is skiddy and swings the ball more, Umesh is slingy so they are all unique in their own way,” Rahul Dravid stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.
As a collection of fast bowlers, I think this is the best fast bowling attack we have had: Rahul Dravid
The former Indian captain added by hailing the current bunch of pace bowlers the best the country has ever had. Rahul Dravid believes that even the second fiddles like Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, and Shardul Thakur are doing well at the domestic level.
“As a collection of fast bowlers, I think this is the best fast bowling attack we have had. We have got great fast bowlers like Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan. But as a group and in fact even outside the main group, the likes of Navdeep Saini, Siraj, Shardul Thakur have been doing well at the A team level. What’s different is that you don’t have to worry about which three bowlers you will put in the park. They are all doing well.” the 164-Test veteran stated further.