The Indian team from the first day of their inclusion in tests way back in 1932 didn’t have bowlers who could clock consistently at 145 kmph. In fact, our fastest pacer before the 21st century was Javagal Srinath. He could bowl in the higher 130’s and sometimes breach the 140 mark.Do we now have pacers in our country who can hurl deliveries at 90 miles/hour? Welcome to the new and fast India. Here we look at 5 Indian bowlers who can bowl 150 kmph.
We’ve had pacers like Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan who could touch the 140 mark but this new generation of fast bowlers can bowl quick and bowl consistently quick. Cricket has changed leaps and bounds. Moreover, Indian cricket has seen a massive distortion. Our cricketers have become fitter, faster and extremely efficient when it comes to adapting to a brand/format of cricket. The BCCI needs to be lauded for the effort put on managing these youngsters. How they take care of these youngsters needs to be examined with thick lenses.
5 INDIAN BOWLERS WHO CAN BOWL 150 KMPH
1. KAMLESH NAGARKOTI
The Indian team at the U-19 Cricket World Cup were extremely dominant. They won all their games convincingly, eventually lifting the silverware. One major factor that made the team’s journey a cakewalk to the finals was the opening duo of Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti. Nagarkoti isn’t the biggest bloke in any stretch of imagination but a smooth run-up and a quick arm action help him generate lethal pace. His impressive performance in New Zealand earned him a bid at the IPL auction and the Rajasthan born lad was acquired by the Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs. 3,20,00,000.
The cricketing world expects the Aussies, Kiwis and Pakistan to produce quicks who can shatter the 90 miles/hour mark. To see the Indian blokes all charged up and chucking pacy deliveries was an absolute treat to watch.
Nagarkoti in the World Cup finished with 9 wickets in 6 games at 16.33 and an economy rate of 3.48. He’s currently out with an injury and will hopefully be back in the final stages of the IPL.
Trivia: Nagarkoti became the first bowler to pick a List-A hat-trick for Rajasthan. This feat came against Gujarat in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2017.
2. SHIVAM MAVI
Nagarkoti’s partner in crime in the U-19 World Cup, Mavi impressed the cricket fanatics with his ability to swing the ball both ways and at pace. At the U-19 World Cup, Mavi like his counterpart picked 9 wickets in 6 games at 18.88. Mavi also was acquired by the Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs. 3,00,00,000. He made his IPL debut on the 14th of April against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Mavi isn’t the tallest or the bulkiest bloke around but like his U-19 partner, a fluid run-up and quick arms let him clock over 145 kmph consistently. He’s likely to get more games for KKR and is certain to get better and quicker with every game.
Trivia: Mavi hails from Meerut. The land from where the likes of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Praveen Kumar burst into the international scene. He idolizes Dale Steyn.
3. KM ASIF
Not many have heard his name but KM Asif has been a fine find. Asif plays for Kerala and was introduced to the cricketing world in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy. He’s played only 2 T20s and 1 List-A game so far and he’s already earned a contract with the Chennai Super Kings. Asif was acquired for Rs. 40,00,000 in the IPL auction but will he get to make his IPL debut this season will be the big question. Bowlers tend to bowl faster as the season progresses and if Asif is unleashed, those toe-crushing 90 miles/hour deliveries are bound to catch attention. Watch out for this bloke from Kerala.
Trivia: Asif is a huge football fan and in his younger days, he wanted to become a footballer.
4. KHALEEL AHMED
Yet another lad from Rajasthan who’s ready to smash the 90 miles/hour barrier. Khaleel Ahmed, the 20-year old made a huge impression in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He picked 17 wickets in 10 games at 15.53 and a miserly economy of 6.77. He finished the tournament as the second highest wicket-taker. Change in pace, super-quick deliveries, toe-crushing yorkers, Khaleel can bowl them all. He was acquired by DD last year but didn’t get an opportunity.
This year after his fine display of white-ball bowling, Khaleel was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs. 3,00,00,000. SRH already have a stern bowling unit. Can Khaleel make his IPL debut this season?
Trivia: Khaleel idolizes one of India’s finest pacers ever, Zaheer Khan. He also has a similar leap leading into the delivery stride.
5. MOHAMMAD SIRAJ
Siraj has been an inspiration for all the young aspiring cricketers in India. He started playing cricket a little over 2 years ago and now he’s already donned the Indian jersey. What a journey this has been and he’s deserved every bit of it. He made his IPL debut for SRH last year and in the auctions this year he was acquired by RCB for Rs. 2,60,00,000. Siraj has a sturdy build and we’ve already seen him bowl over 145 kmph. Can he breach the 150 mark? He’s going to be a regular in the RCB eleven hereafter and with every match, he’s surely going to get quicker.
Siraj was the leading wicket-taker in the Vijay Hazare trophy 2018. He picked 23 wickets in 7 games with three 5-wicket hauls.
Trivia: Siraj always admits that playing tennis ball cricket has helped him develop his yorker. Also, he started initially as a batsman. Now, he terrorises batsmen with his pace.
“You can never teach a bowler to bowl fast” – Wasim Akram. When it comes from the great man it’s always noteworthy and precise. Let’s hope India generates a plethora of fast bowlers in the years to come.