The metamorphosis of the Indian pace attack into one of the World’s best has grabbed eyeballs of the cricketing world. It’s one of the biggest success stories in the past few years. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma have formed a formidable trio and been wreaking havoc against opposition batsmen, which has been one of the foremost reasons for India’s success overseas, something that eluded them in the past.
India has craved for potent pace attack for years and the emergence of this fast bowling cartel gives the team the balance that makes them ever so lethal. So, what’s the reason behind this turnaround? What’s the key to success for these pacers?
Firstpost sat down with Zaheer Khan on the sidelines of an Abu Dhabi T10 league event to analyse the Indian pace attack. For someone who was a master tactician with an astute brain and one of the most successful pacers India have produced, Zaheer spoke on a range of topics including what makes Bumrah special, how does the team management need to handle Rishabh Pant, the fast bowling bench strength and much more.
This pace attack has become one of the best in the world, what has brought this turnaround?
I feel there are a whole lot of attributes. You have to go way back when the academies were coming up, the pace foundation, the National Cricket Academy and Indian Premier League (IPL) also. You can say that the journey of having access to knowledge and the right methods has bettered. If you have the exposure to the right kind of method, training, you grasp things at an early stage, so the access of knowledge at an early stage is something which has had a huge impact in terms of more and more talent coming up. It’s not just with the bowlers, you see batsmen also having that kind of ability and more and more cricketers are taking up cricket professionally, so the talent is not getting lost, it’s getting spotted at an early age and then is getting right kind of guidance at an early age that is resulting in having this kind of a pool.