In cricket, the toughest type of bowler for a batsman to face is a fast bowler/pacer. While all that the batsman has to worry about in the case of spinners is of timing and accuracy. It is a skill and sense of judgment that is acquired over time and with practice. However, with fast bowlers, the scenario is completely different.
There is a serious risk of injury in case of even slight misjudgment. There have been many cases of fractures and serious ligament injuries in case of batsmen, which have even made them, skip tours and sometimes, even not play for months in the game.
Pakistan speedster Mohammad Irfan revisits intriguing India vs Pakistan series played in 2012. The 7-feet tall bowler had then made an impact with his soaring pace, helping Pakistan finish the T20Is 1-1 and overpowering the Men In Blue 2-1 in the ODIs. He was quite famous for his speed and bouncer balls, which were quite difficult to play.
“Actually whenever we have India-Pakistan matches, whoever does not perform well he becomes zero and whoever performs becomes a hero,” the Pakistan bowler explains.
“The way I was bowling to Gautam Gambhir, he was not able to see the ball, the way he was playing my bouncer; everyone was saying that he is not looking like Gautam Gambhir.”
“Because there was so much pressure of my height and my bowling, so I felt like that because after that he didn’t come back in the team, he was dropped from the team,” he further states.
“Speaking with the coaches while sitting in the dressing room, Virat Kohli was said that Irfan operates in the 130-135 kph range.”
“So when he was sitting with his pads on, he saw that I delivered the first ball at 145-146 kph. So he thought there might be some issue with the speed gun. And then I bowled at 147 kph, so he told me that he asked his coach if he is lying or there was some issue with the speed gun.”
“Virat Kohli told this to me face to face. And when I bowled the next one at 148 kph, he told me that he abused the person next to him asking what sort of medium-fast bowler I was, as I was bowling at 150 kph,” Irfan adds.