India vs Australia: Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan Singh

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 30, 2018 20:28 IST The pace trio of Bumrah, Shami and Ishant has been key to India’s success in Australia (@MdShami11 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan said India’s pace trio, consisting Bumrah, Shami and Ishant, is the best in the worldHarbhajan also lauded the batsmen for stepping up and supporting the bowlers in AustraliaIndia defeated Australia by 134 runs at MCG to take an unassailable 2-1 leadThe success of India’s pace battery is arguably the biggest talking point of Indian cricket in 2018. Over the years, India’s primary weapon had been their spinners, albeit a few world-class pacers stepping up and going on to become legends of the game.However, the Asian giants have been able to battle fire with fire, especially in overseas conditions as their pace unit, consisting Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, have stepped up and delivered big time.World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was one of the team’s premier bowlers since early 2000s, has said he is delighted to see India dominate oppositions with their pace might. Harbhajan, who is third on the list of all-time Indian Test wicket takers, added that this is the “golden era of pace bowling in Indian cricket”.”Most definitely [best bowling attack]. We never had the luxury of three great fast bowlers who could pick up wickets at the same time. They all bowl 140-plus throughout. We had the great Kapil Dev, then after that, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan. However, there was always concerns around the third and even the second seamer,” Harbhajan told India Today after India’s historic Boxing Day Test victory on Sunday.He added: “So, this is probably the first time we have the luxury of having three fast bowlers who can run in and bowl the guys out.”It’s great to see India dominating with pace, which was never our strength. Even in Indian conditions, in the recent past, Umesh Yadav, who is now not in the playing XI in Australia, took 10 wickets against the West Indies. That shows the bench strength we have. Then we have Bhuvneshwar Kumar. We have five bowlers who could take anyone’s place. This is probably the golden era of fast bowling of Indian cricket.”advertisement”Hats off to Jasprit Bumrah, he has been outstanding to watch. Ishant Sharma has been able to bowl 20-25 overs every match. Mohammed Shami he is a class apart. These guys have done a great job. Hats off to them for putting up such great performances.”What a win!! Proud to be part of this unit . Onto Sydney now. Jai hind pic.twitter.com/DsW8WXRMGjVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 30, 2018Harbhajan’s comments come after the pace trio of Bumrah, Shami and Ishant broke a 34-year-old record of legendary West Indies trio of Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding for the most number of wickets [130] in a calendar year.After some fine performances in South Africa, England and now in Australia, the Indian pace trio has picked up 136 wickets between them.Bumrah’s five-for in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test broke the back of the Australian batting unit and swung the momentum in India’s favour as the hosts were bowled for 151, in response to India’s first innings total of 443 for 7 declared.’10 out of 10 for Virat Kohli and the team management’Harbhajan also pointed out that India have been able to achieve success in Australia because their batting unit stepped up, unlike how they fared in the previous overseas tours of 2018 in South Africa and England.Meanwhile, Harbhajan also backed Virat Kohli and the team management’s ability to keep backing their decisions despite the criticism they had faced after the defeat in Perth.”It [criticism] doesn’t bother either him [Kohli] or the team management. Everybody have their own opinions to say and judge whether this should be done or that should be done. But in the end, it comes down to them [the team management]. They exactly did what they felt was right at that point of time and got the right results. 10 out of 10 for them,” he said.Shedding light on India’s decision of not enforcing the follow-on despite taking a lead of 292 runs in the Boxing Day Test, Harbhajan added: “Even I had said that India should have enforced the follow-on, considering the rain forecast. But we’re sitting here and they’re in Australia. They know better… whether they wanted to rest their fast bowlers… whatever the reasons were, in the end, they were good. Congratulations to Virat Kohli and the entire team for creating history.”Having taken a 2-1 lead, Kohli’s men will now head to Sydney for the final Test, starting January 3 in a bid to become the first-ever Indian team to win a Test series in Australia.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Watch: India players congratulate 7-year-old Aussie co-skipper Archie SchillerAlso Read | WC in mind, Bumrah may be sparingly used during Australia, NZ ODIs as well as IPLAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day TestFollow MCG TestFollow Virat KohliFollow Harbhajan SinghFollow India national cricket team India vs Australia: Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan SinghWorld Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also praised Virat Kohli and the team management for not paying heed to the critics and creating history in Australia in the ongoing four-Test series.advertisementlast_img

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