Fast bowling is one of the main approaches in bowling and also called as Pace bowling. The practitioners of the fast bowling are called as pacers and are well known for their speed of bowling. The goal of pace bowling is to bowl the ball at high speed in such a passion that the batsman makes a mistake and might get OUT. Let’s take a look at some the pace bowlers of India who has made great debuts.
#1 Javagal Srinath
Srinath was one of the best pace bowlers of his time in the world cricket. During the 90’s he led the pace attack for India and was a wicket-taking bowler. He has given many breakthroughs in early overs with his smooth action and accuracy to produce the desired results. He ended up his career with 236 wickets in 67 test matches, and his fastest was against Pakistan which was 154.5 Kmph.
#2 Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma was a right-arm bowler well known for his awkward bounce and in-swingers. He also bowls pace attacks occasionally that can surprise the batsman. His tall and lean body helped him enhance his pace however due to injuries and lot other issues he had a quick end to his career. His fastest pace attack was 152.6 Kmph in a match against Australia.
#3 Varun Aaron
Varun showed an impressive bowling performance in domestic cricket by consistently bowling above 140 Kmph which helped him into the Indian national team. He played in ODI and test teams for India and bowled with great pace as always but lacked the accuracy and control. He finally got dropped out becoming a more expensive player and also had injury issues. He bowled his fastest in an ODI series against Sri Lanka clocked at 152.5 Kmph.
#4 Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav was a right-arm fast bowler who initially played for the Vidarbha team in the domestic cricket. His bowling was only base on raw pace when he started his career. But later he realized that speed alone will not be enough and started working on his accuracy, swing, and fitness. He was found to be a reliable pacer in across all formats. His fastest pace attack was up against Australia where he bowled at 152.5 Kmph.
#5 Mohammad Nissar
Nissar was the first Indian pace bowler who played for the pre-independence Indian cricket team. He held the ability to make the batsman out with his pace alone. Even though the speed of the ball is not determined, 13 of 25 test wickets he took was either bowled or leg-before which qualifies his pace bowling. He made a debut on a semi-final match against Sind in Ranji trophy in 1938/9 by grabbing six wickets to rout the batting team for 23 runs.
#6 Ashish Nehra
Nehra was a left-arm pacer with the ability to bring the ball back into the right-hander at an awkward angle. Along with swing, he also bowled at an express pace that made things even more difficult for the batsmen. His fastest pace bowling was against Zimbabwe where he bowled at 149.7 Kmph.
#7 S Sreesanth
Sreesanth is a honed pace bowler and out-swinger. His wrist position has won him many accolades and his bowling troubled high-quality batsmen as well. In a match against South Africa, he claimed five wickets and ran to wreak havoc. His career came to an end as a result of match-fixing in the IPL. He claimed 87 wickets in 27 tests and touched the speed of 149 Kmph in his bowling prowess.
#8 Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan was a master of swing bowling that could trouble any batsman under all conditions. He was also India’s most successful and popular pacer after Kapil Dev. Zaheer Khan relied less on his pace and more on the swing to annihilate the batsman. Due to frequent injuries, he dropped his pace bowling in the later stages of his career. His fastest bowling attack was 140 Kmph.
#9 Mohammad Shami
Mohammad Shami was a bowler with clean action, clear state of mind and plenty of hard work. He is a right-arm pacer with an unbelievable amount of stamina and control over the ball. It allowed him to bowl over after over without losing the steam. He consistently bowls over 140 Kmph and where pitches suit pace bowling, his speed can reach up to 146 Kmph.
#10 RP Singh
RP Singh was a genuine pacer who did not perform as much as expected. Even though he did possess all the requisites needed to be a quality pacer, injuries affected his career. He featured India in 14 Tests and 58 ODIs with 124 international wickets. His pace attack clocked the 147 Kmph mark during a series against Australia.