Vastavam web: Led by Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian attack is the “most complete” of this era but it must not be compared with the bowling units of 2003 and 2011 when the team reached the World Cup finals, reckons Sachin Tendulkar. If at all a comparison has to be made, then the current bowling unit should be compared with the attacks of this era, he insisted.
Tendulkar, who played six World Cups between 1992 and 2011 and has seen different bowling attacks led by Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan from close quarters, finds it unacceptable that different generations playing under different rules are compared with each other. “I don’t like comparisons as those were different eras, where different teams played on different surfaces under different set of rules,” Tendulkar told PTI when asked to compare the current unit with the attacks of 2003 and 2011.
“It is difficult for bowlers with no reverse swing which single new ball offered. So if you want to judge the current Indian attack, they should be judged with rival attacks of this generation only. But yes, when it comes to this era, this is a very good attack,” said Tendulkar. “However I can’t take away anything from the contributions made by the bowling attacks of 2003 and 2011 World Cup campaign. In 2003, that bowling attack (Srinath, Zaheer, Nehra and Harbhajan) took us to the final while we did one better in 2011 (Zaheer, Nehra, Harbhajan, Munaf Patel and Yuvraj Singh).” However, with the world’s premier pacer Bumrah in its rank, this attack is as good as it can get, said Tendulkar.