Tsunami of Fast Bowlers in Pakistan
Pakistan, a country at the edge of a few months, that could potentially lead to the most defining general elections in its history. For years, Imran Khan has been regarded as the misfired missile in the field of politics. After relentless, resounding struggle of 15 years, at long last he was able to cause a stir in the masses. Being a colossal political figure for the youngsters, Imran surely is at front of the pack in the race for the power. If this happens, it could be a changing spell for the country much as his years in the Oxford and the stint at Sussex that resurrected the fortunes of Pakistani cricket once and for all.
The cricket talent was never a matter of question in Pakistan at any point in the time. All it needed was a channelization. The land was always fertile in producing quality pacers, going back to the Kardars epoch in the 50s. Pakistan relished the services of the great Fazal Mahmood and Khan Mohammad. Sarfraz Nawaz was another crafty medium pacer, vastly known for parenting the art of reverse swing. To the most the pace was missing altogether.
Pakistan of the early 70s more or less presented the Indian side of today, full of classy and flamboyant stroke makers having no bowlers to win the matches. 1971 tour of England is a good microcosm. Pakistan went throughout the English summer competing but failing to win any games due to lack of pungency in the bowling attack. Closely monitoring all this was a glamorous youngster who was left out after an ordinary debut in the Birmingham Test. Those were the most defining years in the history of Pakistan cricket.