Over the years, there has been a theory which states that India is a land of top-class and technically sound batters. However, in the current scenario the times have surely changed massively. Ahead of the 2019 World Cup, it is the Indian bowlers and not the batters who would be the talking point. But the change in perception did not happen overnight. It has taken a couple of years for the Indian team management to create a pool of fast bowlers who have the perfect mix of skills and pace to push opposition batsmen on the backfoot.
With the likes of fast bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar along with the all-round abilities of Hardik Pandya, Indian captain Virat Kohli is blessed to have a fierce fast bowling line-up. This also goes with the extraordinary wrist-spin duo comprising of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Things have started improving in the last five to seven years
During a recent interview, Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami mentioned that the batters dominated Indian cricket in the last 20 or 30 years as the pitches in the sub-continental nation did not assisted the bowlers. He noted that the things gave started to improve in the past five to seven years. Shami stated that they have been bowling like a unit and that has certainly helped.
“In the last 20 or 30 years, if you look back at the history of Indian cricket, it has always been dominated by the batsmen. You cannot really blame the bowlers because the wickets that were prepared in India were also not helpful towards the bowlers. Things have started improving in the last five to seven years and to be honest it has been a process and not something that has happened overnight. We have been bowling as a unit and that helps,” Mohammed Shami was quoted as saying during an interview to IANS.
“The best part is that along with variety, we have an attack that can bowl fast. Having skills and pace together is the USP of this side as that somewhere increases the confidence of the attack. To be honest, it is like a dream that has come true and I feel very proud that today people talk about our bowling unit as one of the best — a thing that wasn’t heard much, but is now called our strength,” Shami inferred.
Shami further mentioned that he does not believe in making too many changes. The pacer has worked really hard on his fitness in the last one year. “I don’t believe in making too many changes and neither do I underwork or overwork my body. Had been constantly in touch with the physio and whatever I feel, I always tell the physio honestly so that the team doesn’t suffer. No team should suffer due to an individual. So, I believe it is important that you keep a transparent relation with the doctor and physio in the team so that they know how exactly the body is working. This understanding in the Indian team is really good and that helps,” he concluded.