Four Indian pacers who are good at death bowling
. In the last few years, batting teams including India have found a way to clobber plenty of runs in the final five overs.
Updated - Dec 1, 2019 1:33 pm
Cricket, as a sport since its birth, till the mid-2000s witnessed the bowlers having the wood over the batsmen. The shift of the dominance by the batsmen can be attributed to the introduction of the shortest format in the game, pitches favouring the batting side slightly more, and some changes in powerplay rules.
Because of this change in supremacy, the role of the bowlers has grown increasingly challenging. In the last few years, batting teams including India have found a way to clobber plenty of runs in the final five overs or so in any limited-overs match. This is where the expertise to bowl some economic death overs come to play. In today’s era, very few bowlers can bowl pinpoint yorkers or proper slower deliveries to tie the batsmen down.
Traditionally, India have never been known to produce a lot of good fast bowlers. The likes of Zaheer Khan, Javagal Shrinath, and Irfan Pathan were excellent with the new ball. However, they used to tilt the scales in favour of the opposition by giving away valuable runs at the back end that later proved to be the difference between the two sides. Nevertheless, in the last couple of years, the Men in Blue have brought together some crop of bowlers who have troubled the opposition even in the death overs.
We take a look at four best death bowlers that Men in Blue possess:
Deepak Chahar has been setting the T20 international stage under fire in recent months. The right-arm quick took the best bowling figures by any bowler in a T20 international against Bangladesh in Nagpur earlier this month.
Chahar finished with figures of 3.2-0-7-6, eclipsing the previous record set by Ajantha Mendis. The 27-year old has perfectly filled the void in absence of some injured pacers, pressing his case fiercely for a spot in India’s squad for the World T20 next year. His ability to move the ball both ways with complete accuracy with the new ball is one of the many reasons why he has found success.
Against Bangladesh in that same game, Chahar also bowled with complete control in the death overs using the wet ball in dewy conditions to headline India’s series win. The 27-year old’s rise to the ranks gives the men in blue an extra bowler who can perfectly lead the attack in case one of their frontline bowlers go injured.