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‘India have the best fast-bowling attack in the world at home’ – Steve Waugh

Waugh also praised India for accepting Australia’s challenge to feature in a pink-ball Test Down Under when they visit the Kangaroos later this year.

Steve Waugh
Steve Waugh. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images for Laureus)

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh feels India have the best fast-bowling attack in the world in home conditions. The World Cup-winning captain is currently in Berlin, Germany, to attend the 20th anniversary of Laureus World Sports Awards set to be held on Monday and feature some of the world’s top sporting personalities and outfits.

The 54-year-old also said Australia have the best bowling attack when cricket is played on their soil. Waugh, who won the World Cup twice in 1987 and 1999, praised India speedster Jasprit Bumrah for his action and skills with the ball. He called the bowler an ‘incredible asset’ for India, adding that captain Virat Kohli is ‘very lucky’ to have him.

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“India have the best fast-bowling attack in the world when they play in India. When cricket is played in Australia, I think Australia has the best bowling attack in the world. It is touch and go and both captains will be very happy with the personnel they got. They know they can take 20 wickets; that’s what you need to win Test matches,” the Aussie veteran was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

Steve Waugh calls Jasprit Bumrah ‘incredible asset’ for India

“Exceptional, unique talent. It is great that he was not coached out of his style because I’m sure a lot of people will say you need to be quicker, you can’t bowl that way, which let him natural which is fantastic,” Waugh added about Bumrah.

“He is an incredible asset for India with great stamina, accuracy, and pace. He has got everything. He has a pretty good temperament as well. He loves the challenge and likes leading the attack. Virat Kohli is very lucky to have him in the attack.”

Waugh also praised India for accepting Australia’s challenge to feature in a pink-ball Test Down Under when they visit the Kangaroos later this year. He was recently in India when Australia came for a three-ODI series where the Men in Blue lost the first match but came back strongly to win the series 2-1. Waugh scored over 17,000 runs and nearly 300 wickets in a glorious career that lasted for almost two decades.

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