Gone are the days that India could only rely on medium or medium fast pace bowlers.

Not so long ago, India had to pray for, either the ball swinging a mile or, a dry pitch where the world-class spinners could hide the mere ineptness of the seam bowlers.

India are finally managing to produce bowlers that can clock over 140 kmph consistently and without sustaining an injury every two overs. 

Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and a rejuvenated Ishant Sharma are the striking names in the list that are hopefully just going to get better in the future.

It has always been a pity that a country like India, with a population that exceeds the sum of the populations of all other test playing nations, has had a pace battery as big as the full stop that will follow this sentence. 

Maybe it’s because of the slow and low pitches where you either have to be a spinner or a very lucky fast bowler to take wickets, or maybe it’s because every second aspiring cricketer wants to be Sachin Tendulkar and not Glenn McGrath. Or maybe it’s because of the negligence of BCCI towards promoting and sustaining fast bowling institutes and fast bowlers.

Indeed it's heartening to see an Indian bowler with a description of “Right Arm Fast” making Aussies and West Indians duck under their fiery short pitched bowling. 

But what’s more heartening to see is seeing them do that continuously, with a good control on their line and length and not giving away 14 runs with a towel on their back. 

For the first time in years, we can say that India’s pace attack has a bright future.

 

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