Former West Indies cricketer and present head coach of the West Indies cricket team, Phil Simmons is very much impressed with the present generation of the Indian fast bowlers.
In past, Indian cricket was mostly known for their batting and spin-bowling. For a long time, India had disappointed in the fast bowling contest with the world. But in the 21st century, the situation has widely changed in Indian cricket. Slowly but steadily, the Indian cricket has grown up the quality fast bowlers with developing skills. Now, they have the top-quality pace-bowlers who also remain in international cricket for a long time.
Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah is the present no.1-ranked ODI and no.5-ranked Test bowler.
Apart from him, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav etc. have also impressed the world cricket with their fast bowling skills. This dominating show is going on consistently, especially in the last 2-3 years.
It’s exciting for world cricket – Phil Simmons
In the recent historic day/night pink-ball Test match against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens (Kolkata), the Indian pacers Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav once again showed their dominance with the ball. The Indian pacers took 19 wickets in that home Test while the Indian spinners didn’t manage to pick up at least one wicket in their limited opportunities.
Talking about the fast bowling evolution in Indian cricket, Phil Simmons said according to ESPNcricinfo, “I can’t say how long ago, but when I first came here, you would have Madan Lal opening the bowling.
“Now you have guys bowling at 90 miles per hour opening and your premier fast bowler (Bumrah) was injured for this Test, so you still have him to come back. It’s exciting for world cricket.
“Teams know now that you have to play properly on both sides – you have to have proper fast bowlers and proper spinners to beat India. Fast bowling from anybody is exciting, so it’s great to see that happen.”
It was exciting to see Eden Gardens full – West Indies head coach
Phil Simmons watched the first day of that historic day/night Eden Gardens Test match which ran in a jam-packed stadium. He is very happy to see the crowd appearances in that Test match.
Simmons said, “I did watch the first day. It was exciting to see Eden Gardens full. It’s an awesome sight.”
Phil Simmons likes Virat Kohli‘s strong supportive view on the Test cricket.
He quoted on this point, “I think Virat hit the nail on the head when he said we have to promote Test cricket as hard as we promote T20. Even though T20 has more money involved, we have to promote it the same way. I think if that’s done, we can see a resurgence of big crowds in Test cricket anywhere you go in the world.”
Phil Simmons and his West Indies team are currently at Lucknow where they are playing the full international series against Afghanistan. While the Caribbean side won the ODI series (by 3-0), they lost the T20I series (2-1) against Afghanistan. From Wednesday (27th November), they will play the only Test against Afghanistan.
After this Test, Phil Simmons’ boys will play three T20Is and three ODIs against the hosts India from 6th to 22nd December.