Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav have terrorized opposition batsmen all over the world, something that has made former cricketers and experts sit back and take notice.
It was not long ago, that spinners were the main weapon for the Indian team, who bamboozled teams with guile and spin, especially at home. However, tides have changed swiftly as in the 2019 home season, India’s three spinners took 37 wickets between them, while the three fast bowlers took 59- with Bumrah missing out due to injury.
This has led to Former India captain and National Cricket Academy (NCA) director Rahul Dravid calling the current fast bowling contingent of the Indian team inspiration for youngsters. “What Ishant, Shami, Umesh, Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) and Bumrah are doing is they are actually in a way becoming role models for a younger generation of boys, who believe now they can be successful as fast bowlers in India. I think it is great to see,” Dravid said.
“Obviously we had people like Kapil (Dev), Sri (Javagal Srinath), Zaheer (Khan) in the past. But now, as a group, probably this is one of the best fast bowling attacks we have ever had. I think that’s a great inspiration for a lot of these young boys,” Dravid said.
Dravid has coached the Indian U19 team to a World Cup in 2018, he is confident of the Colts’ chances in the upcoming tournament in 2021. “Now, at the under-19 level, we have very good fast bowlers. Last time (during the 2018 under-19 World Cup), we had three of them – Kamlesh (Nagarkoti), Shivam (Mavi) and Ishan (Porel). This year, you will also see some good fast bowlers in the team. That’s been fantastic. I think when you have role models and you have heroes like the senior team (it’s encouraging) …” the former India captain said.