Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has labelled fitness as the reason behind the rise of India’s fast bowling attack. Over the years, team India is known to produce the finest batsmen, but in the past few years, Indian fast bowlers have also gained the fame and have also enlisted them as one of the bests.
Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, India’s prominent pacers Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have performed significantly not only at home but also abroad. The team has now a lethal bowling attack which has helped India to perform exceptionally well in foreign lands.
During Sourav Ganguly’s era, Team India’s premier fast bowlers were Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Ajit Agarkar and Irfan Pathan to name a few, but they were not effective as their peers. However, now, the scenario has changed as India stands in the list of producing some excellent pacers like Jasprit Bumrah.
India has worked hard to get stronger: Sourav Ganguly
Former Indian captain Ganguly has credited the surge in fitness levels and change in the culture behind the rise of India as a fast-bowling power. He said that fitness is a major factor in bringing the best in the field for which trainers and coaches are helping the players.
“The coaches, fitness trainers and also I think the change in culture. Fitness routines, fitness standards not only the fast bowlers but also among batters that have changed enormously that has made everyone believe that if we are fit, we are strong, we can also bowl fast,” Ganguly told India opener, Mayank Agarwal, in a chat.
Sourav Ganguly added that fitness has also helped to build natural fast bowlers as West Indies has produced for generations.
“West Indies in my generation were natural, they were naturally strong but we Indians were never such strong naturally but we have worked hard to get stronger, so I think it’s the change of culture too,” Ganguly, the BCCI president said.