“If you have a 6ft 4in bowler…”: Rahul Dravid’s brilliant reply to journalist’s question on left arm fast bowlers
Late-arm fast bowlers are rare commodities. Since Zaheer Khan’s retirement, the Indian cricket team has given chances to a few left-arm fast bowlers, but none have cemented their place so far. Arshdeep Singh is a left arm fast bowler who has been a very consistent player for the team but is yet to reach his true potential. Before the start of the second Test between India and Australia, head coach Rahul Dravid was asked about the lack of quality left arm fast bowlers in the team. As the journalist used references to Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mitchell Starc, Dravid gave an epic response.
“A left-arm fast bowler brings a lot of variety. You forgot Zaheer Khan’s name. But the selectors and management certainly look at these talents. Arshdeep Singh has done well in the recent ODIs, he also won the Ranji Trophy Where he picked 4.-5 wickets. He’s young, he’s developing,” Dravid said at the press conference a few days before the start of the Delhi Test.
Delving deeper into the subject, Dravid admitted that the selectors are always on the lookout for such talent, but clarified that merely being a left-arm fast bowler will not earn a player a place in the senior team. .
The coach said, “There are other players who are performing. But just being a left-arm fast bowler will not help you make it into the team, you need to perform well.”
“We see it, we know the importance but if you are only left-arm fast bowler then you cannot be considered. Zaheer Khan or Ashish Nehra they didn’t get a chance just because they were left-arm fast bowlers. ” But they were good,” he said.
As the journalist interrupted Dravid and pointed out how left-arm fast bowlers have traditionally done well against India, the legendary cricketer came up with a bizarre response.
“Agar 6ft 4′ bowler hain aapko paas toh aap batado (If you know anyone 6ft 4′ bowler then tell us). You named Mitchell Starc and Shaheen Afridi, but in India we hardly get anyone 6ft 5′ As tall as the bowler you get.Left arm fast.
“We see it, we know the importance but if you are only left-arm fast bowler then you cannot be considered. Zaheer Khan or Ashish Nehra they didn’t get a chance just because they were left-arm fast bowlers. ” But he was good,” Dravid said.
Dravid also admitted that the selectors are keeping a close eye on left-arm fast bowlers like Arshdeep, Khaleel Ahmed and Mukesh Chaudhary.
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