Brian Lara draws parallel between current Indian pace attack and West Indies' iconic batch of late 80s
With the Indian bowling unit expected to run havoc in the third and final Test against South Africa, West Indies legend Brian Lara has heaped praise at the current pace battery of the Virat Kohli-led side on Thursday. Spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, the Indian pace bowling department in the whites plucked a record 142 wickets last year. Lara, who terrorised opposition bowlers throughout his career for the Windies hailed the Indian pace attack for their stellar run in the Caribbean. Lara summed up the Indian bowling attack with one word - 'unbelievable'.
The former West Indies captain complimented the formidable Indian pace bowling lineup in the backdrop of the Ranchi Test in a promotional event. The legendary Windies batsman credited the Indian pace attack for making Team India a special team in Test cricket. "It's the Indian pace attack. Unbelievable. I saw them in the West Indies. When you look at the quality -- (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, (Umesh) Yadav -- all these guys, and the guys on the sidelines, like Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) are unbelievable," Lara said, reports news agency PTI.
Lara's remarks came during the launch of 'Road Safety World Series' - a special tournament where he will be captaining the West Indies legends side. The 51-year-old former cricketer went on to admit that the current Indian bowling unit often reminds him of the iconic 80s and 90s batches of the Windies. "It reminds me a little bit of the (pace bowling) strength that the West Indies had in the 80s and 90s. The reserve strength is very important in assessing a team's ability. It means that your attack has quality," Lara said.
Lara also hailed ICC's decision of revamping the five-day cricket format by introducing the inaugural World Test Championship tournament. Lara asserted that a tournament like the Test championship should have begun earlier. "In terms of Test Championship, where there is an end, it culminates into a team becoming Championship, that is something that should have happened a long time ago and happy to see it now. Even if you play against the minnows Afghanistan, Bangladesh, it means something," he added.