Kapil Dev slams Indian team management and asks ‘where is the fast bowling allrounder in the Indian team’

India Tour of England: Kapil Dev critiques absence fast-bowling allrounder, says ‘Saddens me to see a player getting tired after bowling just four overs’
India Tour of England: Kapil Dev critiques absence fast-bowling allrounder, says ‘Saddens me to see a player getting tired after bowling just four overs’al: Kapil Dev takes dig at Team India’s woes with fast-bowling allrounder-allrounder, says ‘Saddens me to see a player getting tired after bowling just four overs’

India Tour of England – Kapil Dev asks where is the fast-bowling allrounder? In India’s crushing eight-wicket-defeat against New Zealand during the World Test Championship Final, the absence of a fast-bowling all-rounder was a major reason for the loss according to Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev. Adding to what Virat Kohli mentioned after the WTC Final loss, the legendary Indian player Kapil Dev expressed his dismay on India’s struggle of producing fast-bowling all-rounders in his recent conversation at Sports Yaari YouTube channel.

Cricket today is very basic –  you either perform with the bat or the ball. But in our time, we had to do everything. So cricket today has changed. Sometimes it is saddening to see a player getting tired after bowling just four overs and I’ve heard they’re not allowed to bowl more than three or four overs,” said Kapil Dev. 

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India Tour of England: Even the last player used to practice in nets, asserted Kapil Dev

India Tour of England – Kapil Dev asks where is the fast-bowling allrounder? The former Indian captain- Kapil Dev, who lifted the 1983 World Cup for Team India reiterated his cricketing days and asserted that the bowlers during their time used to bowl ten overs at a stretch during the net practice.

I remember in our time – I won’t say whether it’s right or wrong – even the last player who would come out and bat during the nets, we would end up bowling 10 overs to them as well. So that mindset has to be developed and that helps build muscles. Today perhaps those four overs are enough for them so we feel – for our generation – it feels a bit strange,” Kapil said.

India Tour of England – Kapil Dev asks where is the fast-bowling allrounder? With the conditions assisting the seamers, a pacer possessing some decent batting skills would have been an ideal pick in the ultimate Test.

As this context hovered, so did the name of Hardik Pandya- a fast-bowling allrounder who has been struggling to bowl after he picked a back injury.

What I feel is that when you play 10 months of cricket in a year, you tend to get injured more,” Kapil stated of Pandya during the conversation.

India Tour of England: 10 Test matches without regular fast bowling all-rounder

Team India last played a Test with a proper fast bowling all-rounder back then during Pataudi Trophy (India in England) in August 2018, when Hardik Pandya played for the Indian side. Another fast bowling all-rounder- Bhuvneshwar Kumar served this role dates back to January 2018 against South Africa.

Since August 2018, Team India have played 10 Test matches without a regular face as a fast-bowling allrounder. The Test matches have seen spin trump cards – Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for long.

India Tour of England: The WTC journey did see the incoming of Shardul Thakur- a potential fast-bowling all-rounder, who rose to glory during played two matches during the in Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Team India, however, still didn’t bank on him in the Test matches ahead.

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