India's top 5 Young Fast Bowlers revealed

The unproven talent of today are the stars of tomorrow.

Top 5: Young Fast Bowlers In India© Rutger Pauw

Fast bowling has been India’s Achilles’ heel for a long time. While the country has had rich talent in the batting and spin bowling departments, the fast bowling cupboard has usually been threadbare. When the cricketing world talks about the all-time great fast bowlers, not a single Indian bowler’s name comes in the conversation.

Recent times have seen some promising signs though, and we have had some exciting bowlers coming up in the last few years. Starting from Javagal Srinath in 1990s and Zaheer Khan in the 2000s, we have seen some decent quick guys doing well for India.

Right now we have a number of promising quick guys who can grow into top class seamers in near future. Let us look at India’s top young prospects in the fast bowling department.

Umesh Yadav

It’s easy to think of Umesh Yadav as a veteran, but he's still just 26-year-old, and hasn’t come anywhere close to reaching his peak. Yadav is one of the fastest bowlers India has seen in its history; he can regularly clock 90 mph and possesses a very good outswinger to go with his pace. He was India’s most successful bowler on their tour to Australia and made heads turn with his pace, bounce and control.

Injuries put him out of the team in 2013, but he returned later that year. He has had a good season with Kolkata in the domestic T20 league this year, and would be an important bowler for India in their tour Down Under.

Varun Aaron

Varun Aaron is another bowler who seems to have been around forever, but at 24, he’s even younger than Yadav. Aaron has been clocked bowling the fastest ball bowled by any Indian bowler ever, and is one of the biggest hopes for the country’s fast bowling future. Having already been a part of India’s national team in a few ODIs and Tests, he has impressed people with his pace and aggression.

After facing injury issues for a long time in 2012 and 2013, Aaron made a strong comeback for India on their tour to England in 2014, where he troubled quite a few batsmen with his raw pace and aggression. Aaron has to count amongst the most talented fast bowlers in India who can be very successful if he can consistently hit the right lengths.

Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami has been India’s best quick bowler in ODI cricket in the last 12 months. He possesses decent pace and the ability to swing the ball consistently, and is also good with his reverse-swinging yorkers in the death overs. Shami has been a regular member of the Indian Test team too, but has failed to do much damage in the longer format after his great start against the West Indies on the Indian soil in 2013.

The 24-year-old has been trusted a lot by his captain MS Dhoni, who has big expectations of him. India would hope that Shami can get his act together again in Tests overseas, so that the team can be competitive on foreign soil.

Harshal Patel

Harshal Patel has been one of the most promising quick bowlers in domestic cricket the last few years. The 23-year-old possesses a big out swinger and can bowl at a decent pace, around the 135 kmph mark, consistently.

In his first class career, Patel has taken 76 wickets in 21 matches at an average of 24.82, which are impressive returns especially considering the flat Indian pitches. Ian Pont, a leading fast bowling coach, had earmarked Patel and Aaron as the brightest future fast bowling prospects for India. The country’s cricket fans would hope that Patel lives up to his potential.

Mohit Sharma

Mohit Sharma has been a part of Indian ODI teams in the last one year and has been touted as a promising pacer in the limited overs format. His biggest strength is his ability to bowl a good line and length, and he also bowls at a fair clip.

The 26-year-old has been hugely successful for the Chennai T20 team. He has been praised for working hard on his game, and has recently developed a very good slow ball too. With his sense of discipline and his sound temperament, Sharma can be expected to become a world class bowler in the shorter formats of the game.

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Written by Manish Verma