“India’s enormous depth in bowling rhythm is the envy of most countries” – Ian Chappell
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell hailed the Indian cricket team’s depth of fast bowling and said the development of fast bowlers has been instrumental in improving India’s reputation overseas . He praised pace bowlers like Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and others as well.
India has always been known to produce excellent hitters be it Vijay Merchant, Vijay Hazare, Nawab Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar, G Vishwanath, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and others. But he was never known for producing great, fast bowlers.
The world-class fast bowlers produced by India in the 1980s-2000s can be counted on one finger and only the names of Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan come to mind. But since 2005 India has seen an increase in bowling pace with players like RP Singh, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, and now Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini making waves for not only their skills, but also their speed.
Recently, Umran Malik broke speed records in IPL 2022 by reaching 157 km/h in one of the matches.
The development of Quick Bowlers has been instrumental in improving India’s reputation abroad: Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell has been following Indian cricket for a long time now and is happy to see them developing their pace department so well and praised them for the depth of fast bowling that Team India now has.
“These days, India’s enormous bowling depth is the envy of most countries. The development of star fast bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj has been instrumental in enhancing India’s reputation abroad. There is also a depth below this group, in the success of Ishant Sharma, the underrated Umesh Yadav, and a practical reinforcement in Shardul Thakur”, Ian Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo.
Furthermore, he praised the evolution of the Indian team from players only playing for their place in the team, to becoming hard to beat anywhere in the world. India have won back-to-back Test series in Australia, lead 2-1 in the five-Test series in England and have won Test series in the West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and New Zealand.
“India went from a team that had a reputation where some players cherished the blazer, sweater and cap more than the actual Test side selection, to a team that was extremely difficult to beat in all conditions,” he added.