India has always been seen as the land of spin bowlers in world cricket and there is no doubt that this country has given more than one spin bowler to world cricket from time to time. But one thing is also true that today there is more than one dreaded fast bowler on the soil of this spin bowlers.
Today that country of world cricket is home to many big fast bowlers who were once taunted for this. Can the country not produce fast bowlers? Why other countries? Our people were also not ready to believe that our country can ever become rich in terms of fast bowlers. How did this country, which once yearned for a fast bowler, become home to the biggest pace attack ever? , This is what we are going to tell in today’s article.
In which you are going to know that journey of Indian cricket, which is given very little attention. Starting from the very beginning, it is known that before entering international cricket, there was a time when India used to have the deadliest fast bowlers of its era, but these bowlers were confined to first class cricket.
Never had a chance to play international cricket for India. It is said that if India’s debut in international cricket had been done sometime earlier, then the Indian cricket team could have made an impact in world cricket on the strength of its fast bowling for a long time, but it did not happen Devraj Puri, Mohammad Banka Khan Jilani And names like Nazir Ali are lost somewhere in history.
Till the year 1920, India was under the influence of many such fast bowlers who gave tough competition to every foreign team playing club cricket and first class cricket in India and outside India.
Amar Singh And Mohammad Nesar
Then came the year 1932. India’s first international cricket team went to England to play 26 first class matches and 1 international test match. And in this team, along with Amar Singh, his partner Mohammad Nesar was handling the fast bowling side of the Indian team. Amar Singh was the first player of India to be tested, while Mohammad Nisar, who belonged to Hoshiarpur, Punjab, was counted among the fastest bowlers of that time, 25 June 1932, this was the day when the Indian team played its first test at Lord’s Stadium.
Had come to play the match. England was batting first here, this used to be the period when the pitch was not covered. So the ground used to be helpful for the fast bowlers. Taking advantage of this help, Mohammad Nisar had bowled England’s opener batsman Sir Clix in his second over. And soon after that, Holmes had also knelt in front of Nisar’s fast bowl, in the first thirty minutes, England’s score was 3 for 19 runs. Out of which 2 wickets came in Nisar’s account and one batsman was run out.
You can get an idea of what kind of bowler Nisar was, from the fact that the two batsmen who were dismissed by Nisar in the first thirty minutes. He had made a record partnership of 555 runs in first-class cricket ten days ago. The Indian match was lost in the end, but these two Indian bowlers had made a mark on the strength of their sharp bowling in the whole world including England.
Looking at these two bowlers, England captain Douglas Jordan had said that the Indian cricket team would be one of the best teams in world cricket in the coming ten years. But one of the two players on whom all this was said, Mohammad Nisar went to Pakistan after the partition of India and became the first player of the international cricket team there. At the same time, Nazar also played an important role in laying the foundation of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
On the other hand, Amar Singh had got pneumonia and this disease took away this great bowler from us in the year 1940. For the entire career of the bowlers, Nisar played a total of 6 matches for India, in which the figure of his wickets was 25. Amar Singh took 28 wickets in 7 matches. After these two bowlers, India did not take any step to find fast bowlers, the Indian team used to try for the next 12 years. Any bowler, even if he is a specialist batsman, he will make the ball old and the further work was the responsibility of the spin bowlers of India.
After this came the year 1959, a boy named Ramakant Desai forced the Indian cricket world to wake up with his performance and fast bowling. In 1959, the West Indies team came to India, and in a first-class match played here, Ramakant Desai took 4 wickets, out of which by bowling a player like Rohan Kanhai, this bowler had put his talent in front of the whole world. After this Desai was included in the Indian team. This fast bowler first troubled the West Indies and then the Pakistan batsmen. He did the same thing against Pakistan. In 1960, at the Brabourne Stadium, Desai first tossed Mohammad Hanif’s cap and dropped it on the ground. And after that he was bowled on the very next ball, but what was going against Ramakant once was that he was the only fast bowler of the Indian team in his time. And that’s why he has to bowl 30 to 35 consecutive overs in every match. And sometimes this figure used to reach even 39. The bowler could not handle this much work load and then this was the reason that at the age of 29, this bowler had said goodbye to cricket. Talking about his career, this bowler had 74 wickets in his Test matches. After Ramakant Desai, that period also came in Indian cricket when any batsman on the field would start bowling for India.
There was a time when even the wicketkeeper was asked by the Indian captain to open the bowling. An anecdote related to this is also heard that, in July 1966, the Indian team went to England and there the third match of the series was going to be played at today’s Boston ground.
It is said that this was the first time the Indian team had landed on this ground. And for this match, the Indian team had come to play with its quartet, which included the names of Prasanna, Venkataraghavan, Bedi and Chandrasekhar. The captaincy of India was in the hands of Tiger Pataudi, as well as in this match, the Indian team landed with two wicket-keepers, Farooq Engineer and Buddhi Kunderan.
In the evening before the match, Pataudi went to Kundan and asked him what kind of bowling can you do? In response to this the wicketkeeper batsman replied that he did not know. Why what kind of bowling can he bowl after that the next day Pataudi handed the ball to Sundaram for the first over. The keeper’s gloves were given to the engineer. In that match, the total runs put in four overs and gave only thirteen runs.
After this came the 70s in which apart from India, almost every team had its own two or four fast bowlers. Australia, England and West Indies teams created panic in the cricket world on the strength of their fast bowlers. But the Indian team was still relying on its spin bowling. Only when fast bowlers were needed, it was done only to make the balls old. Say that the Indian team could not use more fast bowlers than this in any work.
After making his Test debut in 1971, there were four occasions when Sunil Gavaskar made his Indian bowling debut. A phase of the Indian team was passed in this way, opening the innings with the help of bowlers. But what happened after that changed everything. The Indian cricket team included such an all-rounder player who had never seen any test match before, not even on TV.
When this player named Kapil Dev came to the Indian team, after years, people of India used to throng the fields only in his name to see a fast bowler in his team. Tiger Pataudi was in tears watching the match when Kapil Dev bowled his first over against Pakistan. And he told a journalist sitting next to him with wide eyes that I wish I had a bowler like that. Look what kind of bowling he is doing, this incident really has the power to make anyone cry. Kapil Dev played his first match in the year 1978.
Suddenly one by one fast bowlers came in
This was the time when the spin quartet of the Indian team was slowly moving away from cricket. After which suddenly one by one fast bowlers came in the Indian team and the Indian team was now walking step by step with world cricket. Bowlers like Madan Lal, Manoj Prabhakar and Chetan Sharma became a part of the Indian team and Kapil Dev had established his fear in world cricket by becoming his partner.
Kapil Dev took a total of 434 wickets in his Test career. Which till then was the record for most wickets taken by any bowler in world cricket. Kapil Dev used to lay the foundation of a change on his own and now the task of building a big palace on it was given to our Pace Foundation.
MRF Pace Foundation
Which was started in Chennai in the year 1987, the managing director of this foundation, Ravi entrusted Australia’s most successful bowler Dennis Lillee to prepare a plant of new fast bowlers, which he also completed well. It is said that when March started, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly also came to become this fast bowler, but they were rejected in the first selection camp.
Dennis Lillee gave India many great bowlers, the first of which is called Jagannath, who carried on the legacy of Kapil Dev after his retirement. Jagannath was also considered India’s fastest bowler after Mohammad Nesar. In the 1992 World Cup, he finished second in terms of bowling the fastest ball.
The second biggest discovery of the Paes Foundation was Zaheer Khan, who led India’s fast bowling till the 2011 World Cup. And played an important role in winning India in his last World Cup. When Zaheer Khan reached the Pace Foundation at the age of 17, Dennis Lillee had tested his skills at first sight. They started preparing them in a special way, due to which Zaheer Khan said goodbye to cricket, he had 311 Test wickets in his name.
Slowly a big change was happening in India, now the Indian team was slowly moving towards preparing its best pace attack. Apart from Zaheer Khan, bowlers like Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan and RP Singh were also seen on the field with the growing time in India, who had worked on his side to enrich Indian cricket, in his career spanning 25 years, India has more than 21 Dennis Lillee announced his retirement from MRF Pace Foundation in the year 2012 after giving a successful fast bowler.
Since then, Glenn McGrath has been taking over in his place. Today the Indian cricket team has the strongest pace attack in world cricket which includes names like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, who can force any batting lineup to kneel anywhere. .
Long penance of history is attached to this success of today, there are many such names without which failure would not have been possible. So friends, that’s all in today’s article. See you in the next article with another new story till then hello