Shaun Pollock compares India’s current pace bowling attack with the past

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Former South Africa cricketer Shaun Pollock has recently praised Indian pace attack which has been doing wonders for the last few years. With Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and a few in their kitty, India have currently one of the best pace bowling attacks.

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India are known for producing world-class batsmen and spinners through the years but now they have started investing on pacers ss well. The likes of Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, and Shardul Thakur are the next set of bowlers, although Umesh has a fair share of experience of playing for India.

While talking about this, one of the best pacers of his time, Shaun Pollock said that India have ticked all the boxes when it comes to fast bowling now. Pollock, who has 421 Test wickets and 393 ODI scalps in his kitty, said India now can choose fast bowlers according to the format as well.

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“Yeah, you guys (India) are really in a strong position now (with regard to fast bowling). The depth in bowling, the different variations, you have got some tall guys, shorter guys, quick, skillful, shaping the ball and you can decide in between them and you can have a real good balance,” Pollock said on ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’ show.

The former South Africa captain also recalled that there was a time when India didn’t have any third or replacement bowler to give enough support to their lead pacers like Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad but the situation has changed a lot.

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“If you decide to go with three or even four seamers, you now have got guys who can step in. In the years gone by, you might have had a Srinath or a Venkatesh Prasad, but then the replacement bowler…third bowler or backup bowler… was not of the same quality and that’s where I thought they were letting themselves down,” added Pollock.

However, with the increasing number of bowlers, competitions are also increasing day by day. While Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini came in the set up in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav has lost his place in the limited-overs game. Moreover, he said in a recent chat that, Jasprit Bumrah had told him about competition among the Indian bowlers to seal a spot.

“We had a chat with Bumrah, the other day, and he was saying everyone is competing, ready to go, you really have to keep performing and if you don’t have a good few games, then someone can step in and take your place. So, that’s a good situation for India,” Shaun Pollock concluded.

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