One of the biggest achievements of Indian Cricket in the just-concluded decade was the emergence of a pace bowling unit. A group of seamers who not only add a different dimension to the attack but someone who is pretty relentless and hostile with the craft.
For so many years, Indian cricket fans watched the likes of the famed West Indian attack of the ’70s and ’80s, the Australian, Pakistani and South African attacks of the 1990s and early 2000s with a sense of awe. That all changed during the 2010s where the likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav came together to fulfil that long-standing wish.
But, the emergence of a great pace bowling attack from India does not surprised former Aussie fast bowler Jason Gillespie. According to Gillespie, “I’m not surprised that India has pace bowling riches. There’ve always been a lot of talented fast bowlers in India,”
Jason Gillespie loves watching Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami
Gillespie, who played a pivotal role in Ishant Sharma finally shrugging off the ‘Unlucky Ishant’ moniker during the latter county stint, enjoys watching the Australian and Indian fast bowling attacks. While the legendary fast bowler picked his country’s pace-bowling unit marginally ahead of the Indian trio, Gillespie admitted that he loved watching Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah in tandem.
“India has a fantastic attack. I think there are some wonderful pace attacks in the world at the moment. I particularly enjoy watching Australia and India’s pace attacks. It’s tough to go past (Mitchell) Starc, (Josh) Hazlewood and (Pat) Cummins in my opinion. However, what I can say is that Bumrah and Shami is one of the most exciting bowling combinations in the world,” Gillespie told The Times of India.
Jasprit Bumrah meanwhile is set to return after a long layoff due to injury and will kickstart his stint with the three-match ODI series against Australia. Mohammed Shami, on the other hand, has been rested from the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka.
As far as the Indian and Australian fast bowling attacks, the former clearly won the battle last time they locked horns on Australia soil. However, the challenge is set to get stiffer with Steven Smith, David Warner and rejuvenated Marnus Labuschagne expected to test the Indian bowlers when the two sides square-off in the winter of 2020-21.
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