Pace bowlers for the future

Quite often we hear the dictum, which is well nigh universal, that India does not have fast bowlers. Well there have been bowlers like Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav who have been proving the relative lack of logic in such statements with their searing pace and today Mohammad Shami once again proved many detractors of Indian cricket wrong with a lethal bowling performance in his very first test. The future of Indian seam bowling looks good at this time with people like Shami, Yadav and Aaron who can bowl fast and are being complemented by swing bowlers like Bhuvaneshwar Kumar but the question is who will be the ones to carry on the mantle of an Indian quick bowler in case any or all of these three gentlemen do not turn out in the national colors due to some reason or the other? Well, here are some answers:


Abu Nechim: He can get it up to 140 kmph on a good day and is pretty accurate. The Assam quickie could be an asset in the one-day matches for India and should be invested in by the BCCI.


Jasprit Bumrah: The Gujarat quickie turned plenty of heads in his first outing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL with his unconventional action and good pace. He has also played representative cricket for India.


Dhawal Kulkarni: The Mumbai seamer does not look very quick but has been seen bowling close to, and at times touching, 140 kmph during the 2012 Champions League in South Africa. He is blessed with an action that can be easily repeated and so should be able to add to his pace provided he wants to.


Pawan Suyal: The left armer from Delhi can really crank it up as shown in the recently concluded Challengers Trophy where he was bowling at close to 140 kmph. He should be looked after carefully by the BCCI.


Rahul Shukla: Yet another fast bowler from Jharkhand after Varun Aaron, this Rajasthan Royals bowler is capable of serious pace and has shown it time and again on the IPL surprising most batsmen as well as members of the audience.


Prasanth Parameswaran: The left armer from Kerala showed that he could bowl at a decent pace during the 2011 IPL when he turned out for the Kochi Tuskers. Even though he is yet to show similar levels of pace he could be nurtured and trained so that he can get back to bowling at those speeds.


Veer Pratap Singh: The lanky quick bowler from Bengal has shown glimpses of really good pace both for his Ranji team as well as his IPL outfit Sunrisers Hyderabad. He also gets good bounce off the wicket owing to his height and thus appears to be an exciting prospect for the Indian team in the future.


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