IPL 2019: Navdeep Saini, Prasidh Krishna’s Speed Thrills Bold Brett Lee
The promising bowlers in the form of Navdeep Saini and Prasidh Krishna have bowled their heart out so far in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2019). Apart from the occasional blips, the duo has impressed many seniors in their respective camps. Plus, they have impressed veteran speedster, Brett Lee.
Interestingly, what actually pleased Australian paceman is that the duo has generated pace on the regular paces. He feels it’s a good sign for India in particular.
Lee boasts about India’s young guns:
Besides, both Saini and Krishna will fly to the United Kindom (UK) as a net bowler for India’s 2019 World Cup campaign.
The 42-year-old Lee is concurrently in India. Talking about his commentary stint, Lee has impressed many with his way of dissecting the game.
He observed the analysts had termed the speed between 130-135 which according to him isn’t good pace.
Lee stated any over 145kph is the sign of a pure fast bowler. Adding Bhuvneshwar Kumar carries a legacy of different sort of prospect who could swing a ball both ways.
“As TV commentators, now that we are into your side of the fence, we fell into a trap by saying that 130k or 135 k is good pace. We all now know that 130k or 135k is not good pace. I would say that it’s slow or medium pace. What is good pace is over 145k. And finally, we have seen some Indian bowlers touching that 145k barrier. This should be exciting for Indian cricket. If you can bowl 135k doing it both ways, like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, you are a different style of bowler. I am talking about pure fast bowling,” Lee said.
During a promotional event, Lee told Times of India that many bowlers have had impressed him so far including the prominent paceman Jasprit Bumrah.
“There are many. Jasprit Bumrah is a class act. He has got good pace and a different action,” Lee said.
While boasting about the duo, Lee reiterated Krishna bowls at the speed of 145kph. He added both the bowlers had got a good action.
Lee remarked that concurrent crop of Indian bowlers has good a decent pace.
“Prasidh Krishna has been bowling at 145k or thereabouts in this IPL. Saini is another promising fast bowler coming through. Both have nice actions. The pleasing thing about the current Indian fast bowlers is that they have got a good pace,” Lee maintained.
In the ongoing twelfth edition of the IPL, Saini has snared four scalps in seven matches. On the other side, Krishna has claimed two wickets in eight games.
Although Krishna’s bowling average is on the higher side (130), he had done well in the previous season by bagging ten wickets in seven matches.
Saini however, has emerged as a hope owing to the bowling reserves who could generate consistent pace.
India has chances at the 2019 World Cup: Brett Lee
Also, while lavishing praise on Indian bowlers, Lee believes India stand a good chance at the 2019 World Cup.
“India is in pretty good hands at the moment and I reckon they have a good chance (in the World Cup) because they have got a good bowling attack,” Lee inferred.
India under the leadership of Virat Kohli, India will kick-off the World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa at Southampton.
Lee, who has played 221 ODIs and 76 Tests for Australia suggested the Indian curators create pitches which would be useful for the seamers. He added by doing this; the condition will assist bowlers in bowling at some speed.
Furthermore, Lee concluded by saying the practice will help the country to produce more fast-bowlers and make the contest pretty balanced.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor
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