Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Indian Fast Bowlers-Just An Illusion?

With the past three to four decades taken into consideration,it can be said that India has produced one of the best fast bowling bunch in the recent times.With bowlers like Sreesanth,R P Singh,Ishanth Sharma,Zaheer Khan & Munaf Patel,it looks as though India have found the best quartlet of fast bowlers required to win a match.

No doubt that these people have in them a killer instinct to win matches in all three forms of the game,at home as well as outside.But,the question is as to what are these players' guarantee?Most of these fast bowlers are found to miss major tours either due to an injury or otherwise owing to lack of form.

If the recent past is to be taken into consideration,Zaheer Khan missing out on his tour to Australia is still fresh in the minds of the selectors.And adding to the fire is that the man is not available for the series against South Africa also.The man was found to dismiss South African batsman Greame Smith on four occasions during his tour to South Africa in 2006.

Then we have the great Sreesanth who was forced to miss the Australian test series and then the turn was of R P Singh's who was not even fit to be trained at the NCA-Bangalore.Now comes the daddy of them all who made news for the fastest ball bowled by an Indian-Ishanth Sharma.Only to be sacked by the selectors for the ongoing tour against Sough Africa.And the only man left over is Munaf patel who is at most of the times found to struggle with his line and length.Perhaps!the lucky of 'em all I can say because he can atleast make an entry into the playing XI only to be proved out of form by the opposition batsmen.

Well..one has to learn from the age old bowlers like Srinath,Venkatesh Prasad,Manoj Prabhakar,Kapil Dev..as to how fit they were.The team hardly missed their services due to any injuries.

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