Being a fast bowler in today’s time is quite a task considering the privilege of the big willows, shorter boundaries and the power plays which the batsmen receive in modern day cricket. But Indian pacers such as Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and recently called in Khaleel Ahmed are working their way in the system by having a few tricks of their own through much-needed variations.
One such pacer who is being considered a hot prospect in the near future is Madhya Pradesh’s, Avesh Khan. The 21-year-old fast bowler has the ability to ball beyond 140 clicks and was also seen featuring for the Delhi Daredevils last season, where he impressed.
But just like any Indian other bowlers, Avesh Khan gave credit to former Indian captain MS Dhoni for enlightening the young pacer in the nets during the Asia Cup, as to how certain deliveries will assist the newbie on certain wickets.
“I was bowling with the conventional grips for outswing and inswing. Mahi Bhai was watching and he told me to bowl with a scrambled seam on wickets that didn’t offer much help to fast bowlers. He explained it thoroughly that on docile pitches if the ball lands on the seam there would be little seam movement. But if leather hits the deck, the ball might stop a bit and the batsman could mistime and hit it in the air,” Avesh said.
“He (Dhoni) advised me to hit consistently on a particular area and the importance of bowling dots balls to put pressure on the batsmen,” Avesh said.
Avesh Khan was a key member of the Indian U19 team and was often seen sharing the new ball with team India’s new kid off the blocks – Khaleel Ahmed. Though India lost to the West Indies in the U19 World Cup final of 2016, Avesh spoke about how their mentor Rahul Dravid motivated his side to pick themselves back up again, by saying that “real hard work begins now.”
“We were fortunate to have Rahul sir. The real education was the meeting that he had with us after we lost the final. ‘This is not a very big thing. In fact, hard work begins now,’ Rahul sir had said. The meeting taught us about the importance of putting things in perspective,” the pacer concluded.
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