"We want speed - 135 kmph speed"

According to this article in The Hindu, the selectors have now set a benchmark and are very keen on blooding anyone who can bowl at 135kmph speeds.
The message being sent out by Kiran More and company, with the strong support of Chappell, is clear — India's bowling future lies in speed. "Anyone bowling above 135 kmph is welcome," Bhupinder confessed

The selectors' search has been relentless. From four-day matches to one-day fixtures, they have been concentrating on identifying youngsters who can be developed as fast bowlers. "We want speed," reiterated Bhupinder. The idea is to keep the replacements ready for combat.

There are a handful of bowlers in the Ranji circuit who can consistently bowl at that speed. If the likes of VRV, Sreesanth and Munaf do well this season, I wonder if the selectors would raise the bar to 140 kmph next season.

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Blogger AndyS 4:43 PM

Rediff has an article about Abid Nabi who apparently can consistently clock 140km/h    



Blogger Imran Photos 9:04 PM

if Team India needs a genuiene fast bowler than pitches used in domestic games has to be improved.    



Blogger vishnupavan 7:26 AM

Andys.. yeah 've been following Nabi's progress for close to an year now.. He plays for J&K and so he gets less opportunities to pit himself against the best.. hopefully he would get more chances to develop this year..

Imran, the pitches have improved a lot in the recent years.. This year's domestic pitches were on the slower side (and also for some reason the batting was also at a snail's pace),but the fact that most of the wickets were taken by seamers is an encouraging sign..    



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