Venkatesh Prasad heaps praises on the young Indian fast bowlers
India is slowing unearthing excellent fast bowlers who are capable of being match winners for their sides.
Updated - Jun 3, 2018 10:41 am
India is certainly not known for developing enough fast bowlers who are capable of bowling deliveries north of 140kmph regularly with a proper line and length. We have witnessed in the past that spinners have thrived on Indian conditions and many slow bowlers have become legendary players. But this trend is slowly changing as a very promising bunch of fast bowlers are rising along the ranks in India.
The U-19 World Cup was an eye opener for other nations who thought that India didn’t have quality seam attack. The Indian pacers displayed a compete for performance that surprised all the cricketing experts who hailed the players for doing so well at the big stage. Former Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad is very impressed with the bunch of pacers emerging and feels that they have shown a lot of promise so far.
Bright future ahead
“There is a lot of talent in fast bowling in India and youngsters are showing a lot of promise. When I was the chief junior selector, we picked up bowlers like Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who impressed all in the ICC U-19.” Prasad was quoted as saying by sportscafe.com. The pacer was recently in Chandigarh to select the winner of the Red Bull Speedster Challenge which featured eight young fast bowlers.
“A fast bowler’s role in the team is all about understanding what the team requires apart from understanding the situation of the game. That’s how fast bowlers need to play the role and it also depends on their awareness of the game. What is important for a fast bowler is their ability to adapt to different situations,” he added. Players like Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have become world class bowlers and are leading the Indian pace attack from the front.
The youngsters must ensure that they keep working on their game and delivering at the domestic level to knock on the selector’s doors. The BCCI must also ensure that such talent is not wasted and adequate staffs and coaching facilities are available to these bowlers.