Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman continued his trend of paying tributes to some of the fellow cricketers he played with during his illustrious career. The Hyderabad-born batsman navigated to the fast-bowling department and paid tribute to a paceman, who VVS Laxman regards to have set in motion the revolution of Indian fast bowling.
For the last two years, the Indian pace-bowling unit has received several accolades. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav have performed commendably well not only in overseas conditions but also in sub-continent and outbowled their spin-bowlers.
The 2018 tours of Australia, South Africa, and England were a testament of India’s fast-bowling prowess. While the visitors lost in England and South Africa, the pacemen were praised for getting them ever close. Nevertheless, Virat Kohli’s men got their deserved result in Australia where they outbowled the trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood in a winning effort.
“Even in most unhelpful conditions, he always responded to the team’s needs with unflinching zeal” : VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman credited the former Indian fast-bowling spearhead Javagal Srinath for provoking the enormous growth of fast bowling in India. The 45-year old described the “Mysore Express” as someone, who could extract anything even out of unhelpful conditions and performed the best when situations were challenging.
He tweeted as “A tearaway fast bowler from a relative cricketing outpost of Mysore, he triggered a revolution in Indian pace bowling. Even in most unhelpful conditions, he always responded to the team’s needs with unflinching zeal. Sri’s strength was his hunger to perform under adverse conditions.
Having made his debut in 1991, Javagal Srinath played 67 Tests and 229 ODIs till 2003. The 67 Tests produced 236 wickets at 30.49 apiece while the 229 ODI fixtures yielded 315 wickets, averaging 28.08.