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Pacers hold key to India's World Cup fortune

Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 02:42 PM
Kolkata, March 24, 2015: The success story of the Indian pacers in the ongoing World Cup has not only warmed the hearts of fans but also raised the hopes about the country retaining the coveted trophy in cricket's biggest stage. History shows that the pacers have led the charge on both occasions that India won the Cup.

If Mohammad Shami has spearheaded the Indian attack with 17 wickets this time around, Zaheer Khan claimed four more in India's triumphant 2011 World Cup campaign at home to finish joint top wicket taker alongside Pakistan's Shahid Afridi.

Back in 1983, when then rank outsiders India stunned the cricketing world by becoming champions, seamer Roger Binny had used the favourable English conditions splendidly to finish with the most number of wickets (18) in the competition. Another medium pacer Madan Lal had closely followed Binny with 17 scalps.

Though Shami still has to take a giant leap forward to replicate what the other two greats did, it is safe to say he is on the right track, and needs to keep up the momentum against Australia in the semi-final.

While the Bengal Ranji Trophy seamer has picked up wickets at an average of 13.26 from the six matches in which he has featured, his teammate Umesh Yadav has provided able support with by grabbing 14 wickets.

On June 25, 1983, when India skipper Kapil Dev held aloft the World Cup in the Lord's cricket grounbd balcony Binny had overshadowed his feared counterparts from the West Indies and Australia to finish with a bowling average of 18.66 per wicket.

The right-arm bowler from Karnataka would bowled a probing line and length and keep the batsman guessing with his variety of deliveries.
Agency: IANS

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