Does a visiting team win a Test series in India with a pace-oriented attack or is spin the key? The question is relevant as we have an Australian team in our midst aiming to win the Test series with an all-out pace attack with no spin bowling worth the name.
Given the traditional nature of Indian pitches – slow, bald and batsman friendly - they would seem to spell the death knell of fast bowlers. Given this background it must be surprising to note that the best fast bowlers have overcome this handicap and done pretty well.
One remembers as far back as 1956, Ray Lindwall, then 35, and reckoned to be over the hill, taking seven for 38 in India’s second innings in hot and humid Madras to bowl Australia to an innings win with a day to spare. Not unexpectedly, the visitors won that three-Test series by two matches to nil.
Yes, the intense heat and humidity is another obstacle fast bowlers have to hurdle across but this did not stop Wesley Hall and Roy Gilchrist from mauling theRead More »from Both pace and spin can succeed in India