Arguably, there is no better sight in cricket than a fast bowler in full flow in his run-up, running to the bowl, hitting the straps, with the crowd behind him, cheering in anticipation as he bowls. Goes to the crease, pace builds up, final jump, lifting body weight with thighs, calves and ankles, shoulders, forearms, and wrists come into play before leaving the ball at final motion.
All this certainly takes a toll on the body and if the fast bowler is overworked, careless or unfit, it can lead to injuries and chances of being dropped from the team.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons why fast bowlers are not the ‘burden’ of captaincy. A famous line from a play by William Shakespeare is “The uncomfortable lie is the head that wears the crown”.
On the field, fast bowlers are usually positioned at third man or fine leg to give them rest between overs and to give them time to think about their next over or spell. It is not common for a fast bowler to be placed at mid-off or mid-on. This is sometimes the case when a rookie is bowling his heart out and, as the leader of the pack, the senior supporter is guiding him on what to bowl, while the bowler is coming back to his run-up. Is.
But it is really rare to see fast bowlers as captains. It is a common school of thought that a fast bowler will not be able to guide his team or other bowlers well if he himself is having a hard time with the ball or is being hit for runs.
Another thing that fast bowling captains need to be careful of, especially in Test cricket, is the criticism that they are bowling either under or over.
But in Test cricket for decades, teams have had fast bowling captains.
with Jasprit Bumrah He has become the first fast bowler after Kapil Dev to lead India in a Test match. TimesofIndia.com Here’s a look at some of the more famous fast bowling Test captains in cricket history over the past four decades and how they have performed in their overall and captaincy careers:
Kapil Dev (India – 34 Tests as captain)
, India mein fast bowlers nahin hotey(There is no such thing as a fast bowler in India. This is a line that was said to Kapil Dev when he as an upcoming fast bowler demanded a better diet at a training academy. Line said by an administrator , was not completely false at that time India hardly had any real fast bowler and fast bowlers were generally used to thicken the ball and make it old and make way for tweakers to work their magic Were.
So when Kapil came on stage in 1978, his debut was seen as a breath of fresh air. And it was a testament to his fitness that Kapil did not miss a single match due to injury in his 131 Test long career.
Kapil Dev. (Photo by Patrick Egger/PopperPhoto via Getty Images)
Add to this the fact that Kapil went on to become one of the best all-rounders the game has ever produced, leading India to a World Cup title win in 1983 and ending his Test career with 434 wickets as the leading Test wicket-taker at the time . Time.
Kapil played 97 Tests as a player in which he took 323 wickets at an average of 30.78, including 19 five-wicket hauls and a best of 8/85.
Kapil played 34 Tests as captain in which he took 111 wickets at an average of 26.35, including four five-wicket hauls and a best score of 9/83.
To this day many members of the 1983 World Cup winning team call him the captain. In a recent interview TimesofIndia.comOn the occasion of the 39th anniversary of India’s 1983 World Cup win, Balwinder Sandhu, who was a part of that Indian team, said that Kapil will always be their captain.
Records as Test captain: 4 wins, 7 losses, 1 tie, 22 draws
Imran Khan (Pakistan – 48 Tests as captain)
A great man in Pakistan cricket. A popular anecdote, which has circled for decades, though never confirmed, is that Imran Khan used to give his list of players to the selectors to announce the team when he was at the peak of his captaincy powers.
Imran was one of the most talented cricketers and arguably one of Pakistan’s greatest all-rounders. Imran had an eye for talent like no other. He vaguely picked up players like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul-Haq and turned them into match-winning superstars.
Imran Khan. (Photo by Patrick Egger/PopperPhoto via Getty Images)
It was largely due to Imran’s leadership skills, apart from some brilliant cricket played by his ‘herd of tigers’, that Pakistan won the 1992 World Cup.
Imran’s run-ups, his jumps and reverse swinging yorkers, of which he was one of the earliest exponents, inspired countless youngsters to become fast bowlers.
Imran led Pakistan to their first Test series win in England in 1987 and a three-Test series draw against the West Indies when they were at the peak of their powers.
Imran played 40 Tests as a player, taking 175 wickets at an average of 25.53, with 11 five-wicket hauls and a best score of 8/58.
Imran played 48 Tests as captain, taking 187 wickets at an average of 20.26, including 12 five-wicket hauls and a best of 8/60.
Imran Khan averaged 52 with the bat in 48 Tests as captain.
Records as Test captain: 14 won, 8 lost, 26 drawn
Wasim Akram (Pakistan – 25 Tests as captain)
Allan Border is largely credited with making Australia a powerful force in world cricket, leading them to win the 1987 World Cup title. But during an interview on Australian television, when asked who is his dream cricketer, Border replied – ‘Wasim Akram’.
And Wasim Akram was the kind of bowler every kid wanted to be. He was almost everyone’s dream fast bowler.
Wasim Akram. (Photo by Patrick Egger/PopperPhoto via Getty Images)
Arguably the best left-arm fast bowler in the history of cricket and one of the best fast bowlers ever, Akram was deadly with the new ball and with the old ball, even later in his career when his run-up was small. In-swing, out-swing, reverse swing, different types of yorkers, bouncers, slow balls, you name it and Akram had it in his arsenal. And they were all bowling with hardly any change in bowling action or stride. In fact, legend has it that Akram could even swing the ball both ways in one go.
Very few bowlers are able to talk the ball with Akram as well as on unresponsive surfaces.
And he wasn’t mugged with the bat. He had three Test centuries.
Akram’s unbeaten 33 off 18 balls played a key role in Pakistan’s 249/6 against England in the 1992 World Cup final and the devastating dismissals of Alan Lamb and Chris Lewis off successive deliveries paved the way for Pakistan to win the title. Paved.
Even though he has a Test highest score of 257 not out, it is widely believed that with all the talent Akram possessed, Akram achieved less with the bat.
As a captain, Akram led Pakistan in the 1996 and 1999 World Cup editions, but suffered match-fixing allegations in the 1996 clash against India due to injury.
Akram finished his career with 414 Test wickets and was the first bowler to break the 500-wicket mark in ODIs.
Akram played 79 Tests as a player, taking 307 wickets at an average of 23.71, with 22 five-wicket hauls and a best score of 7/119.
Akram played 25 Tests as captain, taking 107 wickets at an average of 23.35, including 3 five-wicket hauls and a best of 6/48.
Records as Test captain: 12 won, 8 lost, 5 draws
Waqar Younis (Pakistan – 17 Tests as captain)
With a long and scintillating run-up, Waqar Younis formed one of the deadliest fast bowling pairings for Pakistan along with Wasim Akram.
Bowled at unbelievable pace with his inswinging, toe-crushing yorkers, Waqar smashed several batsmen to the crease to save their toes as they lost their stumps.
Waqar Younis. (Photo by Patrick Egger/PopperPhoto via Getty Images)
Waqar was one of his fastest bowlers but was plagued by injuries early in his career due to his long run-up. Waqar made his Test debut in 1989 alongside Sachin Tendulkar, but missed the 1992 World Cup due to injury.
Waqar led Pakistan in the 2003 ODI World Cup and was the fastest to reach the 400-wicket mark (in 252 ODIs).
Waqar played 70 Tests as a player, taking 303 wickets at an average of 23.57, including 19 five-wicket hauls and a best of 7/76.
Waqar played 17 Tests as captain, taking 67 wickets at an average of 23.47, including 3 five-wicket hauls and a best of 7/91.
Record as Test captain: 10 won, 7 lost
courtney walshow (West Indies – 22 Tests as captain)
A gentle stalwart, Courtney Walsh led the West Indies during their steady decline.
Not known for raw pace, Walsh had unbelievable control over his swing delivery and used his tall height to knock down several batsmen.
Courtney Walsh. (Photo by Patrick Egger/PopperPhoto via Getty Images)
Walsh formed a deadly bowling pairing with Curtly Ambrose and the pair took 421 wickets between them in 49 Tests.
Walsh broke Kapil Dev’s record of 434 Test wickets, became the first bowler in the history of Test cricket to reach the 500-wicket mark and finished his career with 519 scalps.
Walsh played 110 Tests as a player, taking 434 wickets at an average of 24.19, including 15 five-wicket hauls and a best score of 6/54.
Walsh played 22 Tests as captain, taking 85 wickets at an average of 25.71, including 7 five-wicket hauls and a best of 7/37.
Records as Test captain: 6 won, 7 lost, 9 draws
Sean Pollock (South Africa – 26 Tests as captain)
Born into a family of cricketers, Shaun Pollock was handed the captaincy of the South African team after Hansie Cronje was banned due to match-fixing allegations.
Pollock had the ability to move the ball at a decent pace from both sides and with Allan Donald taking steam from the other end, the Proteas had a match-winning pace attack.
Sean Pollock. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Like Akram, Pollock was an all-rounder but was inferior with the bat, though he scored 2 Test centuries.
Pollock was the captain when South Africa suffered a humiliating exit from the 2003 World Cup, which was held in his country.
Pollock played 82 Tests as a player, taking 318 wickets at an average of 23.68, including 12 five-wicket hauls and a best score of 7/87.
Pollock played 26 Tests as captain, taking 103 wickets at an average of 21.36, including four five-wicket hauls and a best of 6/30.
Records as Test captain: 14 wins, 5 losses, 7 draws
Pat Cummins (Australia – 9 Tests as captain)
When Pat Cummins was made Australia’s Test captain last year, it raised a lot of eyebrows, especially in the non-Australian cricket corridors. After all, apart from Ray Lindwall’s one-time Test cameo in 1956, this was the first time a fast bowler had been appointed to lead the Australian men’s team in Test cricket.
But with both Steve Smith and David Warner coming under scrutiny over allegations of ball tampering and Tim Paine’s Test spot, the Australian selectors decided to take a tough decision.
Pat Cummins. (AFP photo)
Cummins is currently one of the best fast bowlers in the world and he showed almost immediately that the selectors had made the right decision. The film star-looking fast bowler led Australia to a 4-0 win against England in the Ashes 2021-22. Cummins finished as the highest wicket-taker in the series with 21 scalps from 4 matches.
With left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc coming in as his new bowling partner and Josh Hazlewood as the first change, Cummins leads a more than powerful Australian pace attack.
Cummins has led Australia in 8 Tests, taking 34 wickets at an average of 19.82, including 2 five-wicket hauls and a best of 5/38.
Cummins has already taken 200 Test wickets and is yet to lose a Test as captain.
Records as Test captain: 5 wins, 0 losses, 3 draws