first_imgMumbai: Showering praise on the present Indian pace attack, former captain Kapil Dev said on Thursday that the fast bowlers have changed the face Indian cricket in the past four-five years.The former all-rounder also felt that this was the best ever Indian pace attack.”Aisa pace attack humne dekha nahi tha, socha bhi nahi tha (we have not seen such a pace attack, nor did we think about it). Without any doubt, the fast bowlers have changed the face of Indian cricket in the last four-five years,” Kapil said during the sidelines of a promotional event.With the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, who has been ruled out of the ongoing Test series against South Africa due to a stress fracture in his back, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Deepak Chahar in their ranks, India are believed to have one of the best fast bowling attacks in world cricket now.In the first Test in Visakhapatnam, Shami stepped up and rattled half of the South African batting line-up in the second innings to return with figures of 5/35.However, Shami doesn’t feature in the top 10 of the ICC Test bowlers’ rankings.”No issues about that (not being in the top 10). How effective he (Shami) has been for the team is more important. Great to see him doing well and that’s the bottom line,” Kapil said. IANSAlso Read: Former skipper Kapil Dev Resigns as CAC Chief after Conflict ChargesAlso Watch: Pollution Testing Unit allegedly overcharging then fixed amount in Guwahatilast_img read more

first_imgKUMAR Dharmasena will help control the fourth Ashes Test from the middle, rather than the third-umpire room, in a late change to arrangements for the high-stakes match.Marais Erasmus and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, who isn’t on the International Cricket Council’s elite panel, had been originally slated to umpire the Old Trafford contest that begins on Wednesday.But Palliyaguruge is listed to remain as third umpire for the rest of the five-Test series, which is locked at 1-1.It means Erasmus and Dharmasena, two of the most-experienced umpires on the circuit, will be standing in the middle for the rest of the series.The standard of umpiring has been a constant talking point in this Ashes.Ricky Pointing has led calls for the ICC to let Australian and English umpires, who represent more than half of the elite panel, officiate in the showpiece series.But the powerful Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) insists neutral Test umpiring is still the best way forward.Joel Wilson had eight on-field decisions overturned on review during the series opener then shocked Australia by turning down Nathan Lyon’s lbw shout during a dramatic finish to the third Test.Lyon would have clinched a one-run win for Australia if the tourists were able to review Wilson’s on-field verdict, with ball-tracking replays suggesting it was out.“Can’t fathom why or how that wasn’t given out,” captain Tim Paine said.“England had two referrals so, if it was given out, the correct decision would have been made upstairs.“Saw it live – that’s all I needed to see. I don’t want to watch that again.”( read more