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Indian pace attack reminds Lara of legendary Windies fast bowlers

Indian pace attack reminds Lara of legendary Windies fast bowlers
In 2018, the Indian pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami shared a record 142 wickets in Test matches

Mumbai - It reminds me a little bit of the (pace bowling) strength that the West Indies had in the 80s and 90s, Lara said



By PTI

Published: Thu 17 Oct 2019, 11:35 PM

Last updated: Fri 18 Oct 2019, 9:42 AM

West Indian batting great Brian Lara on Thursday praised the current Indian pace attack, which reminded him of the deadly West Indian attacks of yore.
In 2018, the Indian pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami shared a record 142 wickets in Test matches.
Asked what makes Indian team special, Lara said: "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.
"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 added.
Lara, who had scored 11,953 Test runs, was speaking after the launch of 'Road Safety World Series', in which he will lead the West Indian legend team.
Lara was lavish in his praise for Virat Kohli, whom he termed the 'Ultimate Captain'.
"He's (Kohli) the ultimate captain. In terms of his performances, he leads by example. And I mean that in all facets of the game, and off the field too. He has done really well after MS Dhoni, who laid the foundation, and did things in a different way.
"So, I think Indian cricket, as we all know, is on the right track. It's influenced by some of the best people, and is reaping the benefits of it," Lara told reporters here.
Lara also seemed happy that a player of Rohit Sharma's calibre is set to play regularly across formats.
"I think Rohit is an awesome player in all formats of the game. Obviously, in the limited overs game, he's been very successful. I don't see any reason why he should not be in Test cricket. It seems that he has the passion to play and wants to prove himself on that stage (Test cricket) as well.
"To exclude a player like that (from the Test team) will be very difficult, with the talent that I see. So, hopefully, he will be successful. He is a gifted batsman," said Lara. 
 


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