Bangalore: Of all things cricket, nothing gets the adrenaline racing like a fast bowler steaming in. It’s not a sight Indian spectators have had occasion to enjoy more than sporadically.
Through the history of the game, the pace bowler has been the heart of the bowling unit of all teams. There have been a few exceptions – notably in the Indian teams that had the spin quartet of BS Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrashekhar and S Venkatraghavan to choose from – but for the most part, it was a given that every international team would have at least two pacers in its ranks, often three, and sometimes even more.
The success of Kapil Dev was hailed as the harbinger of a new age for India, one that would see a cluster of pace bowlers emerge in the land of spinners. However, only two Indian pacers in the last two decades have done well for more than the odd season: Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan.