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Rahul Mehra

System Analyst (Wipro) | Posted 02 Aug, 2019 |

Why can't India produce quality fast bowlers but Pakistan produces them easily?

Preeti Taneja

Entrepreneur | Posted 14 Aug, 2019

Here’s a common thesis…


There’s a family that’s filled with doctors. There’s a 10-year old kid. That 10-year old is now more likely to become a doctor than be a street artist. Because he’s being groomed in an environment where everyone discusses and encourages being a doctor. His ideas and mindset would be shaped accordingly.


If you run back into the history of Indian and Pakistani cricket, you can apply the same thesis.


Pakistan always had that ecosystem where being a fast bowler is a much appealing and favorable option. And this was brought about by the legend Imran Khan, and Sarfaraz Nawaz prior to him, who created an unparalleled legacy as a fast-bowler that every aspiring cricketer in the country wanted to be like. So, the country produced more recognized fast bowlers. Because being a fast bowler was the big part of their conversation.


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On the other hand, India always had an ecosystem where being a batsman is more of an appealing option. And this was brought about by the examples set by the likes of Legendary Gavaskar, Vengsarkar, Viswanath, Vijay Hazare, and then Tendulkar. They inspired millions in the country to not just be a cricketer but to become a batsman. So, over the decades, the country kept producing magnificent batsmen.


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I believe this is the fundamental reason why Pakistan has produced more quality fast bowlers to date and why India has produced more quality batsmen. It’s a culture that’s created by the legends in the game. On one side, there are millions who want to be the Imran, Akram, Akhtar and Younis. On other side, there are millions who want to be Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Dravid, and Amarnath.


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Aside from this, I am sure there are many other reasons why can't India produce quality fast bowlers but Pakistan produces them easily – including the structural and perception challenges. 

Hope this answers your question.