The Indian cricket team has been known over the years for its great batsmen and world class spin bowlers. The pace bowling department had never been India’s strength. But in the last 3-4 years, with the arrival of upcoming bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav, the Indian pace bowling attack has started to look more menacing than ever before.
By putting up consistent performances as a group, the current pace bowling crop of India have given the belief that they are capable of winning matches for India in all formats of the game across difficult conditions.
Jasprit Bumrah, a key bowler for India in limited overs cricket, did really well in his debut Test series in South Africa, where he picked up 14 wickets in the three games that he played. Unfortunately, the pace bowler from Gujarat suffered a thumb injury in the T20 series against Ireland due to which he has been unable to take part in the T20 and ODI series against England.
The Indian bowling attacking is missing the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in the Test series, but till now, the pacers have put up an impressive show against a quality England side. The pair of Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma have bowled with great intent and effectiveness.
Former Indian pace bowler, Ashish Nehra, who retired from international cricket in November last year, feels it is good that Indian cricketers are not greedy enough to maintain a firm spot in the team by giving the example of Jasprit Bumrah and has praised the present Indian bowlers for their hard work.
While responding to a question about better player management to reduce injuries, Nehra told Midday, “We have been doing quite well. Bhuvi got injured, Bumrah is not there too, but there is no pressure on them to return quickly. The BCCI, the team management and the National Cricket Academy’s are all keeping a track and helping the bowlers.”
Ashish Nehra also claimed that it is good that Bumrah is not rushing into being a part of the playing XI and giving time for the injury to heal completely.
“The player knows best. I am happy that Bumrah is not playing the Lord’s Test as it will give him more rest to recover quickly. He is not greedy. The team management is helping in that,” the former pace bowler said.