We have five ~~giant~~ pacers emerging: Srinath

Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath considered latest new ball sensations Laxmipathy Balaji and Irfan Pathan as the two gems of Indian cricket bringing stability to the attack, and said five 'giant' fast bowlers from the National Cricket Academy were emerging.

"Now that Balaji and Pathan are doing a fine job, I am extremely pleased with their consistent performance. This has also given some time for Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra to get back to international cricket. Nobody is going tell Khan and Nehra to rush back," he said at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai.

The former star, who shared his experience with six NCA boys and the MRF Academy trainees, said Balaji and Pathan were "not competing with each other but are collaborating. It should augur well for Indian cricket".

Stating that it would be a great situation to have six fast bowlers and rotate them for matches, Srinath said, "It is always difficult to find six to serve the country. But at least two stand byes in a team, even if they are raw, will make an impact in international cricket".

Elaborating on the 'giant' fast bowlers in the making, Srinath, who was a mainstay with the new ball in the past, felt that "both Munaf Patel and Raghavendra, the tallest (6.5 feet) trainees in the NCA have shown lot of promise during training. We have five giant fast bowlers emerging and hope they stay fit and holds on to the hardship of fast bowling".

When asked to comment on the 'magic ball' (without any reference to the statement of Harbhajan Singh), Srinath said, "I really do not know. When it is a magic for a bowler who bowls, it must be something elusive. I am unable to understand it".

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