Think of bowlers such as Courtney Walsh, Michael Holding, Denis Lillie who freaked out batsmen with their sizzling pace and bounce, and you will feel the absence of a genuine fast bowler in the Indian team.
Indian cricket team has always been considered a team consisting of some of the best batsmen and the game plan has always evolved around the batsmen. Its not that India had very weak bowlers . As we look in the past we will see that although India has not produced bowlers such as Shaun Tait or Shoaib Akhtar who can consistently hit the 150 kmph mark, but we have had bowlers like Kapil Dev, Venkatesh Prasad, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan who focused on achieving line and length rather than pace .Ironically, the best pace bowlers like Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan who represented India became less effective by losing their much-valued pace as their careers have progressed.
This topic has became interesting due to the role of Indian bowlers in the recent triumph of India in the One-Day International (ODI) format. Indian bowlers are providing crucial breakthroughs at the start of the game which is considered as one of the most important time of match to gather wickets.
The one big moment to the start of this story is the debut of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. How could one forget the first ball he bowled in International cricket which swung back in and hovered Mohammad Hafeez’s stumps. Despite being a tall and muscular man as u would expect a fast bowler to be he gets wickets consistently with the new ball due to his discipline with the line and length rather than pace.He is one of the beautiful findings of Indian pace bowling.
Now with new ODI rules of using two new balls from both the ends makes things more favorable for bowlers in the initial overs India have Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma who have the capability of using new ball efficiently.
Many of us may highlight the fact that its early days for young Bhuvneshwar Kumar because bowlers like RP Singh and Praveen Kumar has also shown similar promises but now have lost it and their place in the team.
Now after discussing a good pace attack we should also talk about the attitude of these bowlers under MS Dhoni where the bowlers have developed the attitude of winning matches under trying conditions. The Champions Trophy final 2013 against England is an example of that. The idea that India can only win by their batting is now changing and bowlers are also now pulling things back for India.
But still there is a long way to go .There will be moments when the wicket offers no movement and the bowlers will have to work hard. Emerging successfully under such trying conditions will make India into a truly potent force.