Shoaib Akhtar feels India still has a long way ...

Shoaib Akhtar feels India still has a long way to go as a fast bowling nation

Tags: India tour of South Africa 2018, India, Pakistan, Shoaib Akhtar, Test Bowlers, Fast Bowling

Published on: Jan 20, 2018

Pakistan former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar feels that although India’s fast bowlers have done well in South Africa, they still have a long way to go before they can be called a good fast bowling nation.

Asked if this is one of the best pace attacks, he replied to PTI, "I would not say that. I would say they are gradually improving and there is a long way to go before India can call itself a good fast bowling nation.”

"Five years ago, I had thought that Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami will be the ones to lead India's pace department on overseas tours. But that did not happen with Aaron having fitness issues, Yadav being good in patches and erratic other times, like Wahab Riaz. But Akhtar said the current performance of the bowlers is a healthy sign.”

"India have always been known for their batting but nowadays you are seeing emergence of fast bowlers too but still I would say long way to go," Akhtar went on to say.

India are under pressure having lost the first two Tests in South Africa, and with it the series.

--By A Cricket Correspondent

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