Mark Wood Is A Stand-Out Pacer Right Now - Shane Bond

Published - 01 Oct 2023, 06:16 PM

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Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond spoke about some best pacers in international cricket right now. Shane Bond heaped praise on England pacer Mark Wood whom he called a stand-out bowler.

Shane Bond is a former New Zealand pacer who was known for his pace attack in the early 2000s. Bond was one of the best pacers to play for New Zealand. He was also the bowling coach for Mumbai Indians for a few seasons in IPL.

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Mark Wood Is A Stand-Out Pacer Right Now- Shane Bond

While speaking about pacers during a YouTube show on the channel ‘Wake up with Sorabh’, Shane Bond hailed Mark Wood as a stand-out bowler in the current era. Bond also said that Mark Wood has a great ability to move the ball.

“Mark Wood is the standout for me right now. He is proper gas. I think to be successful, you don’t just need pace you should also be able to move the ball. Outside of (Lockie) Ferguson and Wood, I don’t think many bowl that fast,” Shane Bond said.

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Notably, Mark Wood picked a five-wicket haul in his opening game in IPL 2023 playing for Lucknow Super Giants. Bond also said that he loves watching Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi bowl. Afridi is also one of the most powerful pacers in international cricket currently.

“I have always loved watching Shaheen bowl. I had taken New Zealand A side to UAE a few years ago and he was just 19 and steaming in. When Pakistan bowls, you always feel like something is going to happen,” Bond further said. 

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If we talk about Indian pacers, Umran Malik is the fastest one who can bowl over 150 plus kmph. Shane Bond feels that Malik has a bit of work to do to improve his bowling.

“I have seen Umran Malik bowl a lot in the IPL and he had a game-changing spell against us in Mumbai. But has a bit of work to do on his accuracy and his ability to move the ball and change of pace and stuff,” Shane Bond said.

Umran Malik has also played a few games for India. In IPL, Malik plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Meanwhile, pacers like Mark Wood and Shaheen Afridi will be seen in the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2023. Wood has been picked by England in their squad for the World Cup. Afridi is a crucial pacer for Pakistan in the tournament.


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