There are few denying that the current crop of fast bowlers in India is the best produced in the country. Ian Bishop, the former West Indian pacer, too believes the same but adds that the change in culture to promote fast bowling started in the early 2000s.
“It is perhaps the best generation of talents of fast bowling India have produced. And it started a while ago,” Bishop told Harsha Bhogle. “We can go back to Zaheer (Khan), RP Singh, Munaf Patel and that little cluster that came through after (Javagal) Srinath, who followed Kapil Dev. It’s great to see.
“It seemed to me from the outside that there was a deliberate attempt by India to recognise that ‘batsmen were good, but if have to win overseas, we have to get players from the MRF Pace Foundation and the NCA coming through, try to prepare pitches to encourage these faster bowlers rather than dusty turners’.