Glenn McGrath: Wonderful to see fast bowlers come from India

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Glenn McGrath: Wonderful to see fast bowlers come from India

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SportsCafe Desk

06/09/2017

Former Australian paceman Glenn Mcgrath has expressed happiness on seeing India's emerging fast bowlers which has been quite rare owing to the pitches in India which have been conducive for spin bowlers. Moreover, Mcgrath also suggested using Jasprit Bumrah in the longest format of the game.

“To see so many fast bowlers come through (from India) is wonderful, To be a fast bowler in India is the toughest job in the world. The wickets here are conducive to spin and batting. One has to really work hard as a bowler, especially a paceman. To see (many) people bowling at 140 kph-plus, high 140s (kph) is promising." McGrath told PTI.

India has opted to choose an extra paceman over seasoned spin specialist Ravichandran Ashwin in the two matches they have played in the Champions Trophy. India's pace attack consisting of the likes of Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar with Mohammed Shami on the sidelines.

India has been renowned for producing legendary spinners namely Bishan Singh Bedi and Anil Kumble but a recent trend has seen the emergence of a deadly pace attack from India that has proven beneficial for the men in blue.

Umesh Yadav has been the pick of the bowlers when it comes to the pace he generates, regularly clocking speed over the 140kph mark. McGrath praised the Vidharba paceman for his efforts and also complemented Bhuvneshwar Kumar for knowing his limits and strengths.

“They are going well. Umesh (Yadav) is doing exceptionally well at the moment, bowling at a good pace and picking up wickets too. (Bhuvneshwar) Kumar knows his game pretty well, gets it in the right areas; swings it at a decent pace." McGrath said.

Jasprit Bumrah has earned the tag of a death bowling specialist with his feisty yorkers and deceptive slower ones that have been effective for the Indian team. The 23-year old worked with the MRF pace foundation at the outset of his career with McGrath being the director of the organisation.

“He has done well in the shorter versions of the game, the T20s and ODIs and bowls at the death. He is very intelligent with the way he bowls at the death. I have been impressed and he can get better. The Indian team’s bowlers are looking very good.” McGrath stated

The former Australian paceman backed for Bumrah's inclusion in the Indian Test side.

“Of course, he can (perform in Test matches),” said McGrath, “I think he bowls yorkers really well. He has got a good slower ball. Those things are good for the shorter version of the game. With the longer version it is just about building pressure and having good control. If you are successful in one form of the game, you can transfer that to the other. He is good enough.”

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