Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 26, 2014

Varun Aaron: fast, but not fearsome

Karthik Krishnaswamy in Fatullah
Varun Aaron ticks all the boxes when it comes to sheer pace but has been lacking control and bowling nous, and that is compounding India's bowling woes
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Varun Aaron is quick. On Wednesday at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, he maintained an average speed of 88.2mph, and his fastest delivery clocked 93.2mph on the speedgun. That's 149.99kph. India have a fast bowler. A genuinely fast bowler.

It wouldn't be inaccurate to say that the selectors gave Aaron a chance to play for India solely because he was quick. He made his ODI debut in October 2011 and his Test debut a month later. At that point, he had taken 26 first-class wickets in 12 matches at an average of 41.50. His last first-class match before his international debut was for Rest of India against Rajasthan. In that match, he took one wicket for 117 runs in 42 overs.

He didn't have the numbers in first-class cricket to suggest he could take wickets at the international level. He had, however, sent the speedgun needle into previously largely uncharted territory for Indian fast bowlers. You could legitimately label him "right arm fast".

On Wednesday, Aaron came on with Bangladesh 40 for 1 in 11 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami had bowled tight first spells, and each of them had produced edges that flew through gaps in the slip cordon. There was little in the pitch to enthuse the seamers, but they had kept the batsmen under pressure.

Aaron immediately released it with his first two balls, wide half-volleys that left-hand batsman Mominul Haque drove handsomely for fours. This was a portent of what was to come, although it wasn't immediately apparent, after R Ashwin dismissed Mominul at the other end and Aaron bowled a quiet second over.

You could tell even then, though, that he wasn't really worrying Anamul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim. His length wasn't asking them any difficult questions, and both batsmen came forward and drove him confidently. For now, they were hitting to the fielders.

What came next was unexpected. Out of nowhere, in Aaron's third over, Anamul jumped down the track and clattered him over long-on for six. In his fifth over, Anamul charged him again. Aaron banged the ball in short. Anamul swatted it for six. Later in the over Aaron served up another half-volley. Anamul clumped it back past him for four.

Aaron was bowling fast, but there was no extra ingredient - no cunning and no intimidation either. Even that can work sometimes, if you bowl fast and attack the stumps, but Aaron's default line was fifth or even sixth stump.

When he came back on later in the innings, in the 37th over, Aaron dismissed Anamul, bowled off his inside edge, but only after he had struck two more fours, the second a slash past point off a high full-toss that was called no-ball. In his next over, the high full-toss made another appearance, seemingly slipping out of his fingers and striking Mushfiqur Rahim a painful blow on the chest. The second offence meant he had to go out of the attack.

It was unlikely he would have done any more bowling after that over anyway. Before being struck by that beamer, Mushfiqur had spanked Aaron for two more fours and a six. All of that had left him with figures of 1 for 74 in 7.5 overs. This was the second time that Aaron had gone for more than eight runs an over in an ODI, and this was just his eighth match. His career economy rate had now spiked to 6.64.

India's excitement with Aaron's pace is understandable. It's a precious resource. And he has improved his bowling to the extent that he has enjoyed his best ever first-class season after recovering from recurring back injuries. But he still seems unsure of what exactly he's trying to do when he bowls at the international level. It has been the same case with Umesh Yadav, and it's hard to tell if either of them is getting the guidance they need to make the most of their talent.

It's hard to tell if any of India's young fast bowlers are getting this. Aaron's spell in Fatullah was the 12th instance of an Indian fast bowler conceding eight or more runs per over in an ODI spell of six or more overs since the start of 2013. Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma appear once each on that list. Vinay Kumar and Mohammed Shami, like Aaron, have two entries each, while Ishant Sharma features a staggering four times. All of this, remember, has happened in the last 14 months.

In that period, India's batsmen have been made to chase 300-plus targets eight times. They've been made to do it not just in Jaipur, Nagpur and Rajkot but also in Johannesburg, Kingston and Wellington.

Despite Aaron's waywardness, their target in Fatullah was "only" 280 and they got home without too much fuss. It's what Virat Kohli does. But he must wish sometimes that he didn't have to do it so often. He will wish he won't have to keep doing it in this tournament. MS Dhoni isn't around to help him.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 2, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    I don't really think that beamer was intentional at all,seriously guys ,when someone doing that much serious pace it can happen especially when 150 kph yorker,the error chance is high!!! of course it is too dangerous and it should be avoided anyway (thats's why umpair banned him)....personally i am not a fan of gavasker's commentary.hey might be a good cricket player,but not in front of a mike..someone should have said him there wasn't a war going on...............................Anyway coming back to aaron,...yes his economy and average is too high but also consider mitchel johnson and dale steyn are working most in bowling favored condition,i am not comparing aaron to great mitchel and steyn...but aaron is a rare one we got,can't estimate his talent only in puny indian and bangla dead flat pitches,let him bowl in bowling condition.....really he deserves another shot.......let him bowl fast please..

  • on March 1, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    It's funny that Aaron is the fastest bowler in the tournament, yet IND has problem in the bowling department. IND should pick him against PAK n Kohli must use him wisely.

    If he n Yadav are nurtured well by a good bowling coach like Donald, Mcdermott, IND can hope for a good bowling department along with Shami. This trio is a long-term prospect.........Must handle WISELY!!!!!

  • BanglaBandhu on February 28, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    This is what Gavaskar said of the Aaron bowling incident against Mushifiqur while commenting on TV;

    "That one seemed intentional. This should not have been the way to stop the batsman and the bowler should be dealt a stricter punishment,"

    It is also a credit to Gavaskars integrity and sportsmanship that he was so candid about the incident. The context is a afollows:

    It happened after Aaron had conceded 56 runs in his previous 7 overs. In his 8th over, he conceded 17 runs in the first 5 balls and then in his last ball, after a long discussion with Kholi, the ball hit Mushi way above his waist. It was the second time he had done this and the umpire banned him from bowling any more in the inning.

    Of course the bottom line is, it's all about winning ... right???

  • on February 28, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    It is very clear that India lacks a good pace bowling coach. Players like Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav are rare breed in India. They should be handled with care. They can be productive only if they are given a long run. Make one of the former West Indian pace bowlers like Michel Holding / Andy Roberts to coach them. Remember how Imran Khan handled Wasim Akram in the 92' World Cup in Australia-New Zealand. Imran wanted Akram ( who was temporarily out of form ) to regain form by bowling fast and not by reducing pace for line and length. Fast bowling is all about fearsome approach in game and in mind which Indian cricket administrators and players should understand.

  • ramtheruler on February 28, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Unlike Steyn and MJ,Varon is someone pace with grace, i have no doubt that he will end up all time great. Lillee should coach him, by coaaching him lille will be doing a favour to himself.

  • Banglar_Lathial on February 27, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    What Varun did that day was a clear display of extreme unprofessionalism..and what I didn't like about it was Kohli having a chat with Varun prior to delivering that ball..you can say sorry 1000 times but he definitely got away with a penalty which is not equal to the unsportsmanlike attitude he showed. Even Sunny Gavaskar sensed an intent behind that delivery to Mushfiq and suggested harsher punishment.

  • Vilander on February 27, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Very basic and typical knee jerk article. The chance that varun and umesh might get better is too great a potential to be wasted. They will be and should be persisted

  • nmaniar on February 27, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Fast bowlers are very precious and need to be handled very carefully. They should not be played matches over matches continuously. Why do bowlers like dale steyn, morkel, mitchell johnson consistently manage their pace, because they don't have crazy schedule like Indian cricketers. Such bowlers need to get rest to recuperate from that wear tear of shoulders and arms. This is where selectors and BCCI is doing a big mistake. All these bowlers zaheer khan, ishant sharma, munaf patel make their debut bowling over 145 kmph and after a year of continous cricket they have problems even reach 130.

  • ProdigyA on February 27, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Bowling coaches around the world would love to see a guy like Aaron. Pace is something that comes naturally, if one has that all the other aspects like control, line and length, variations can be taught. Pace is the only thing that cannot be taught.

    So its entirely the failure of the coach and the BCCI to not able to guide him properly. They cannot expect a kid who has hardly played any first class cricket to come and perform in intl matches. Its solely upto them to make sure he is guided at every step possible.

    I would say Aaron needs to be given some more time before we pass any judgements.

  • on February 27, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    rare find for India...i say..persist with him for another 10-15 matches...after all...rohit sharma played for an eternity before he finally made runs...this rare find should be given maximum number of chances..its better than seeing 120-125 kmph bowlers trundling on with "variations"...

  • on March 2, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    I don't really think that beamer was intentional at all,seriously guys ,when someone doing that much serious pace it can happen especially when 150 kph yorker,the error chance is high!!! of course it is too dangerous and it should be avoided anyway (thats's why umpair banned him)....personally i am not a fan of gavasker's commentary.hey might be a good cricket player,but not in front of a mike..someone should have said him there wasn't a war going on...............................Anyway coming back to aaron,...yes his economy and average is too high but also consider mitchel johnson and dale steyn are working most in bowling favored condition,i am not comparing aaron to great mitchel and steyn...but aaron is a rare one we got,can't estimate his talent only in puny indian and bangla dead flat pitches,let him bowl in bowling condition.....really he deserves another shot.......let him bowl fast please..

  • on March 1, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    It's funny that Aaron is the fastest bowler in the tournament, yet IND has problem in the bowling department. IND should pick him against PAK n Kohli must use him wisely.

    If he n Yadav are nurtured well by a good bowling coach like Donald, Mcdermott, IND can hope for a good bowling department along with Shami. This trio is a long-term prospect.........Must handle WISELY!!!!!

  • BanglaBandhu on February 28, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    This is what Gavaskar said of the Aaron bowling incident against Mushifiqur while commenting on TV;

    "That one seemed intentional. This should not have been the way to stop the batsman and the bowler should be dealt a stricter punishment,"

    It is also a credit to Gavaskars integrity and sportsmanship that he was so candid about the incident. The context is a afollows:

    It happened after Aaron had conceded 56 runs in his previous 7 overs. In his 8th over, he conceded 17 runs in the first 5 balls and then in his last ball, after a long discussion with Kholi, the ball hit Mushi way above his waist. It was the second time he had done this and the umpire banned him from bowling any more in the inning.

    Of course the bottom line is, it's all about winning ... right???

  • on February 28, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    It is very clear that India lacks a good pace bowling coach. Players like Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav are rare breed in India. They should be handled with care. They can be productive only if they are given a long run. Make one of the former West Indian pace bowlers like Michel Holding / Andy Roberts to coach them. Remember how Imran Khan handled Wasim Akram in the 92' World Cup in Australia-New Zealand. Imran wanted Akram ( who was temporarily out of form ) to regain form by bowling fast and not by reducing pace for line and length. Fast bowling is all about fearsome approach in game and in mind which Indian cricket administrators and players should understand.

  • ramtheruler on February 28, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Unlike Steyn and MJ,Varon is someone pace with grace, i have no doubt that he will end up all time great. Lillee should coach him, by coaaching him lille will be doing a favour to himself.

  • Banglar_Lathial on February 27, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    What Varun did that day was a clear display of extreme unprofessionalism..and what I didn't like about it was Kohli having a chat with Varun prior to delivering that ball..you can say sorry 1000 times but he definitely got away with a penalty which is not equal to the unsportsmanlike attitude he showed. Even Sunny Gavaskar sensed an intent behind that delivery to Mushfiq and suggested harsher punishment.

  • Vilander on February 27, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Very basic and typical knee jerk article. The chance that varun and umesh might get better is too great a potential to be wasted. They will be and should be persisted

  • nmaniar on February 27, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Fast bowlers are very precious and need to be handled very carefully. They should not be played matches over matches continuously. Why do bowlers like dale steyn, morkel, mitchell johnson consistently manage their pace, because they don't have crazy schedule like Indian cricketers. Such bowlers need to get rest to recuperate from that wear tear of shoulders and arms. This is where selectors and BCCI is doing a big mistake. All these bowlers zaheer khan, ishant sharma, munaf patel make their debut bowling over 145 kmph and after a year of continous cricket they have problems even reach 130.

  • ProdigyA on February 27, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Bowling coaches around the world would love to see a guy like Aaron. Pace is something that comes naturally, if one has that all the other aspects like control, line and length, variations can be taught. Pace is the only thing that cannot be taught.

    So its entirely the failure of the coach and the BCCI to not able to guide him properly. They cannot expect a kid who has hardly played any first class cricket to come and perform in intl matches. Its solely upto them to make sure he is guided at every step possible.

    I would say Aaron needs to be given some more time before we pass any judgements.

  • on February 27, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    rare find for India...i say..persist with him for another 10-15 matches...after all...rohit sharma played for an eternity before he finally made runs...this rare find should be given maximum number of chances..its better than seeing 120-125 kmph bowlers trundling on with "variations"...

  • wolf777 on February 27, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    It seems that Indian cricket establishment is apologizing for an Indian bowling fast. Aaron was fast and went for run; however, so has others who bowl military medium pace. Mitchell Johnson's example is the lesson in how the fast bowlers should be treated. When he came to the scene, all he had to offer was raw pace. He was given similar treatment by batsmen. Australia, however, persisted with him and that is paying rich dividend. India should employ same strategy with Aaron and Yadav. Let them be fast and furious. They will learn as Johnson has and India will have two genuine pace bowling threats just in time for the World Cup. India need to groom these two for pacy and bouncy Australian tracks. Aaron's two beamers yesterday was a dangerous bowling and he was rightly banned afterwards. However, I liked the aggression part of it. Finally, someone from India replied with pace and aggression. Finally India has found someone who can answer to other teams in kind. Good job, Aaron…keep it up

  • on February 27, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    he was consistent at 145+kmpl , give him some time he will learn with some experience he has played oliy 8 matches..... don't advice him to drop pace and become line and length bowler ... like munaf bhuvi vinay ishant and every other bowler in country .... we need ganguli like captain to guide him and nurture him

  • BigINDFan on February 27, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Ind sorely lack quality bowlers, period. Both fast and spin bowling standards are so pathetic that every team can aspire to score 270 or more against Ind. If you take Kohli and MSD out from the batting line up then batting is weak too. BCCI should invest in a proper bowling coach - Akram, Waqar, even Shoaib Akhtar are good choices and I am sure there are others from Aus or SA who can do really well. The other thing is these young bowlers should play Eng county cricket and play for Ind A and tour Eng, SA and Aus to practice their skills. IPL or just Ind domestic games do not suffice to play at the International level. Umesh, Varun and even Ishant should go through a bowling program. IND should also play Mishra, Rasool etc to find good spinners. Ashwin/Jadeja not cutting it.

    On the batting side, Rohit is not an opener and he needs to move down the order. Pujara should open with Dhawan both in ODIs and tests. Kohli is No. 3, Rahane No. 4 and MSD should come in at No. 5.

  • VPSrivastava on February 27, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    India's problem is compounded by foolish attitude of of our board BCCI and its selection committee. Here even writer acknowledge that he's a precious talent of bowling fast like Umesh Yadav but what BCCI does for improving the quality of such bowlers? On one side we lament on the lack of pace of our bowlers and on other side we left them to struggle in the deep sea of international cricket. We should have the policy of appointing a genuine world class fast bowler as coach and hand over our these assets to him to hone their skills and make them of international level. We neither have culture of fast bowling nor desire to improve upon it.

  • Born_Smart on February 27, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    I don't understand the fan club of Varun and suggestions to give him space to hone his skills. If he has to hone his skills it should be at domestic level and not in international matches at the expense of India's games. If he has not done anything significant in domestic circuit with his pace how can you expect to do his magic in international matches. If it was Aus or SA India could pay even dearly.

  • Sir_Ivor on February 27, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    We need a good bowling coach like Fanie De Villiers or Shaun Pollock to turn the Varuns and Umesh's to be match winners.Their ability to generate fearsome pace is not to be scoffed at. In fact it needs to be encouraged.If only Aaron and Yadav bowl to the desired length,and just mastered swinging yorkers with a bit of reverse swing.they could be unplayable.That is where a good bowling coach becomes indispensable. But the coache must be able to communicate with the players so that they understand the nuances better.No one really coached the great West Indian fast bowlers.They just came like a sea in rough weather.I believe that these two fast bowlers must be nurtured in the MRF pace Academy together.T A Sekharr is a wonderful coach and I believe he will set them on their way.They need six months there in one stretch to convert their ability to bowl fast to lethal fast bowling standards.The BCCI should take special care of gems like Yadav and Aaron and not be easily swayed by crictics.

  • on February 27, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    I agree with the suggestions to get Waqar or Wasim as our bowling coach. If KKR had no problem in getting Wasim as a coach, why should BCCI have any problem? BCCI has tops guns from all major parties in the political spectrum. Why are we not using their resources, if there is any political issue?

    I also agree, wholeheartedly that bowlers like Varun & Umesh are rare resources in India, and for lack of guidance we should not lose them. Control with speed is a must, while bowling against teams from other countries who are on a regular diet of fast bowling. If these boys are not fitted with that radar,I agree that it is unfair to blame them.

    In the hands of good coaches, I can see these two boys becoming the first choice opening bowlers within a year or two.

  • bronko on February 27, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Indias bowlers are not getting any help or guidence . i read an article by Akram who said Ishant got 8 wickets then went for none for 120 in the same game he said it shows its a mental thing well if its obvious to Akram and us as fans why isnt any body getting a sports psychologist to work with him , and why Isnt a fast bowling coach like ian pont working wit Yadav and Aaron with Aarons pace he should be bowling at the upper body and trying to hurt the batsman and use him against tail enders

  • on February 27, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Someone mentioned Waqar as permanent coach of India.. wouldnt be a bad choice at all, but doubt it will happen.. He was a very good coach with Pak, would certainly improve India by a mile..

  • on February 27, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Give him a chance, jeez. The number of matches he's played isn't even a double digit. How can anyone seem to be fearsome when he's just getting to know the big guns. He's got potential, don't ruin what could be a brilliant long term addition to the team. Also, the pitch matters. Stop judging him on pitches unfriendly to pace bowlers.

  • pull_shot on February 27, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    What ever runs he goes he should play and we can access him after 2 or 3 series, not to conclude after 8-10 matches he played

  • on February 27, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Both Aaron and Yadav should be given extended runs in the team instead of the likes of Ishant Sharma. Pace is rare and they should not be asked to hold back on it. Like Imran Khan said, keep bowling quick and control shall come on its own.

  • DingDong420 on February 27, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    it was a bad day at the office but he needs time, every time he plays its for one match and he must feel he needs to prove something.

    give him a run and then see where he is...Ishant and Vinay Kumar got them

  • Biso on February 27, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    The article throws up an issue which is common to both Arron and Yadav. Ishant also started as a tearway but today he has lost pace and his control over length and line for such docile pace is nothing spectacular or effective for that matter. Genuine Pace is a rare ingredient in Indian bowling. The article stays clear of offering any insight, let alone provide any solutions. It is however, clear that these bowlers lack guidance. It is in the interest of Indian cricket that such fast bowlers are persisted with. Any marginal improvement in control will make them different bowlers. Skills will come with experience and hard work. Whereas, pace is natural and if one does not have the natural ability he can not bowl fast. Period. Do not loose a talent without doing your bit to polish it.

  • on February 27, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    The asia cup wickets are flat. The only way a fast bowler can take wickets on these flat tracks is by intimidation and controlled bowling at the stumps. Maybe his release isn't right or his seam position is not proper so the ball does not seam with the pace his generates. However Kohli should try opening the attack with Varun and then use him for a second spell in the death overs against the lower order batsmen who lack the technique to play fast bowling. Fast bowlers are an asset to a captain and they can destroy the morale of the opposition if they strike. Come on Varun bowl your guts out and believe in yourself.

  • on February 27, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    To those "speed obsessed" fans: Speed without control is worse than useless. They add to the opposition's kitty. Aaron would have added at least 30 additional runs (compared to any other bowler the team could have picked from the bench) to BD's kitty.

    Look at Pigeon; he doesn't have an express speed. Neither do Pollock. Even the greatest of the left-handers, Wasim Akram is not a speed maniac. But they all contributed a lot by getting wickets and to the victory of their respective teams. It is cases like Varun, which makes me furious with the non-effective bowling coaches! And, BCCI wasting their (and indirectly, ours) resources, on such clowns..

  • Smit_1103 on February 27, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    I think Varun should be given some more time. When fast bowlers are wayward they often go for runs - it has happened with Mitchell Johnson too. However, the Aussies persisted with him and look at him now! Too early to dismiss him. Bowling more will only boost his confidence.

  • Sagarneel on February 27, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Yes, bowlers like Aaron need guidance, however, we don't want another Munaf Patel in the making.

  • on February 27, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Since waqar is now ignored by PCB for coaching assignment, BCCI can appoint him as bowling coach till world cup 2015. Thereafter make him as permanent coach.

  • CiranoCornell on February 27, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    @j4884 in that case Ishant sharma , Ashwin and Raina etc should not be even considered for selection,can you see how your logic defies.

  • here2rock on February 27, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    It is not only his own fault that he is not getting the results we want. His captain (in particular Dhoni), bowling coach and management has to share the blame for poor dividends so far. His role needs to be more defined that is to bowl fast and short of good length in short and sharp 2-3 overs spells. His job should be to impose himself on the opposition, a job similar to Mitchell Johnson. He has rare pace for an Indian fast bowler and needs to be encouraged to unleash it at full force especially outside Asia. Let's hope he is not left in the cold by the management and his captain.

  • on February 27, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    As if Vinay Kumar,Ishant sharma are very fearsome and effective with their low 130 kmph "missiles"...here we have a bloke who has hardly played any matches at int'l level and can bowl really fast and we have started to criticize him already....had pakistan also followed the same approach of making their fastest men go through the grind on dust bowls,we would hv never seen waqars and samis and shoaibs....

  • ooper_cut on February 27, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Send him to the MRF Pace Foundation, McGrath is the coach there now. We don't need this Joe Dawes, he is not of any use at all.

  • on February 27, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    its all about guidance... they're not getting it properly, both aaron & yadav.. they cannot learn own there own, they need proper guidance.. without which they will go into oblivion just like many have in the past...........

  • on February 27, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    He is a raw pacy.. Let him play for a while to rate him. India badly need a bowler who often can clock around 150 which many of the bowlers in every paying nation has. His pace can not be shaped if dropped from side. Let him get some chances to improve. We can not say the wicket taking pacers are so economical. Hence, he is young and can generate pace at this age. Instead of making him to go and play at KSA, County or somewhere else and then making him to represent playing 11 nearly at the age of 30, we may look his improvements by putting him in playing conditions in international level/ find some genuine pacers from 120 crore population to go for various options.

  • strykkr on February 27, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    I failed to remember .. when was the last time an Indian Fast bowler took 5 wickets.. god ..please throw some divine light on these wayward bowlers...so that they start behaving like a standard bowler at least... a bowler.. who can cause some sort of trouble... I fail to put my bet on India defending their WC title... provided the spineless bowling ..likes of Ishant.. and CO..

  • Aussasinator on February 27, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    he has to be preserved for matches against teams overseas. certainly for the forthcoming world cup down under. With Umesh, Aaaron and Shami, our pace attack will be awesome. his exposure should not stop. he will keep learning with more matches.

  • on February 27, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    With this bowling action, he can keep playing for another 30 matches, but within 4-5 years. He will go down the drain like Pat Cummins or Pattinson, who have faced major injuries in their careers, mainly due to their bowlign actions.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on February 27, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    mozoak, the way the young Bangladeshi batsmen were coming down the track and smacking Aaron over midwicket as if he were a spinner, it doesn't seem like they were having any problem at all facing genuine pace. And if that's how Bangladeshi batsmen play him, you can only imagine how Australian and South African batsmen would play him who are used to facing quick bowlers. The comparison with Johnson and Steyn is ridiculous and is another example of how Indians simply do not understand fast bowling. They feel that a 140+ kph bowler will instantly solve all their fast bowling woes. You need a lot more than pace to trouble batsmen. Steyn has swing and accuracy, Johnson has disconcerting bounce. Both are thinking bowlers, which Aaron and Yadav clearly aren't.

  • j4884 on February 27, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    @CiranoCornell Vinay Kumar has played 31 ODI's and has not shown any improvement. That's why people call for his head when he performs badly. While Varun has played some 10 ODI's and he is also coming back after an injury and hence needs to be given a longer run before passing judgement.

  • sameercricket1610 on February 27, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    BCCI have lot of money they are not thinking of grooming fast bowlers they should appoint high profile specialist to groom and take care of our fast bowlers shami, yadvan, varun, and upcoming young bowlers, these bowlers can win many matches in future but fast bowlers are fragile someone specialist full time should be available to look after fitness.otherwise they will become like our previous bowlers ishant, Dinda,irfan, balaji, nehra, munaf patel, etc..

  • Rags57 on February 27, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    While I agree they need guidance, I can't understand why they can not be consistent - bowling consistently at the fourth stump on just short of a good length does not require professional assistance - it just requires you to put in four to five hours a day at the nets bowling at the stumps and not giving up. If McGrath was able to hit a consistent line and bowl like that for hours together, it came out of professional dedication, commitment and tireless effort. Do the Indian bowlers do that? If you put in thousands of hours practicing at the nets you should be able to bowl a consistent line even if you are woken up from your sleep. This is true of the spinners like Ashwin as well. One can forgive lack of innovation in bowling - which comes in with experience. But inconsistent line and length are unforgivable and honestly should not require a bowling coach to implement.

  • j4884 on February 27, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @CiranoCornell Vinay Kumar has played 31 ODI's and has not shown any improvement...that's why people call for his head. While Varun has played only 8 ODI's and needs a longer run before passing any judgement...

  • cnksnk on February 27, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    So finally we have a bloke who can hurl the cherry at 150 K's. Ill directed but with potential. BCCI must do one or both of two things. Pack him and Umesh off to MRF pace foundation for 6 months, no matches just practice line and length combined with pace. A stint with Mcgrath can only do him good. Even better why not send him to the Australia High performance center in Brisbane for 6 months. BCCI can afford it and any way his current bowling is not helping. If we need punishment we can always fall back on Ishant. Get these 2 guys into Australia and let them practice. if they improve we have unearthed gold. Worst case it will be waste of a talent. But atleast an attempt must be made to get them to bowl optimally. May be there are other blokes like him who are fast but without guidance. So send around 6 of these guys and see what they turn up by say Sept. forget IPL, english tour etc. Concentrate on the future.

  • Kaka13 on February 27, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    It is fine that India needs a genuine fast bowler but in important tournaments there is no room for experiment and I think Vinay kumar should be the third seamer. Aaron should be groomed into domestic cricket 1st before bringing to international level. If they continue with him like this he will lose his confidence and will vanish. In limited over match Line length is most important and on slow tracks in BD, not correct to experiment with him. Ishwar should be given chance from selected players.

  • on February 27, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Wonder when bowlers will start winning matches for India !! Always batsmen are under pressure match after match to perform due to lackluster bowling. What is the bowling coach doing all this time ??

  • legfinedeep on February 27, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Send him to play the domestic circuit in South Africa or English county cricket. I'm willing to bet he'll be a much improved bowler after that.

  • switchmitch on February 27, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Keep bowling fast Aaron. That's all you need to do. No batsman in the world likes to face genuine pace. Just tune into the SA-AUS series to see the discomfort and fear on the faces of batsmen when they are facing Johnson or Morkel.

  • CiranoCornell on February 27, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    if vinay Kumar has a bad day, people call for his blood , but when varun aaron has bad day , people forgive him and still want to see him play , in spite that he has no proven record anywhere to prove that he merits a place in team , lets agree he bowls fast, but there is more to bowling than bowling fast.

  • sivasarvan79 on February 27, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    rightly said- fast but not effective- we need bowlers like shami- who has got the right pace and skills to swing the ball- bowlers who rely only on pace are not going to last longer e.g S tait- needs to be between 135-140 kmh less than that is also not effective e.g.: zaheer khan. dont insist on pace alone- find bowlers with reasonable speed - good in line and length

  • Raginggbull on February 27, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Who else than McGrath(MRF academy) harness this guy and take the best out of him? As long he is FIT and really want to maintain as a genuine PACE bowler, he is a prospect. Same age-old cliche : He will learn as time goes. Even we bear Ishant. Today investments tomo dividends. As a core Indian fan, its satisfying to see one is bowling at 150KMPH.

  • on February 27, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Give him a long run. India badly need a strike bowler, i with experience he will get better.

  • j4884 on February 27, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Fast bowlers like Varun and Umesh are a rare breed in Indian cricket. They are still young and need to be supported. People who are being harsh on him need to remember that even Steyn and Mitchell Johnson were erratic when they started out...they didn't become great overnight. Even Wasim Akram said that Varun will only improve the more he bowls. Ishant and Vinay have been given so many chances... but people are already calling for Varun to be dropped after just 11-12 matches?? India will never get good fast WICKET taking bowlers if they keep dropping young bowler's with potential.

  • on February 27, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Varun , bowl fast as u can .. u are young . people has full support for u ... Accuracy will come more u play ... hurray

  • on February 27, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    either fast that is extreame pace bowlers fall apart orlose their instincts to bowl fast i remember a lot of them who were undone but i have a feel that if these two aaron and yadav are well groomed and used where ever they are needed they will become the trio of strike bowlers on pacy bouncy wickets with mohomad shami and india a very solid side with the batting talent that we pocess .if these things come real my side in australia will be dhawan vijay pujara kohli sharma rahane dhoni aaron yadav shami and a all rounder depending upon the conditions

  • on February 27, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    its too early to judge aaron but he surely needs guidance from senior bowlers cause he has the penetration that india needed but lacks consistency in line,length and also lacks variations.. but 8 games is too early... we have seen quicks go for plenty in games so it not unusual for someone hitting 140kph consistently going for runs. but he should learn the art of surprise from bowlers like mggrath his coach in mrf academy and surely thi years IPL will help him to groom if he has no ingury concerns... i would ask virat to play him in all games to give him that match practice and experience also umesh yadav should be groomed well cause these two guys certainly will come handy in aussie pitches

  • sachin.divakar on February 27, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    I feel very sad seeing the way aaron is being labelled as not fearsome If ishant sharma can have 50+ tests at an average of 37 per piece and rohit sharma could have 120 odd matches before he realises his potential varun aaron could afford another 20 matches before he is left out first give abundant chances then criticize And the first thing about writing an article is get your facts write while writing about odi performance please look at List A record and for tests First Class Records Please... Before bashing somebody everybody could have ups and downs look what imran khan did he always said dont cut down of pace without pace even with line and length in unresponsive wicktets does not make much difference see what happened with mitchel johnson if those chances given to ishant sharma were given to other deserving people india's bowling would have been so different ishant has followed the munaf patel's path he now pathetically bowls in 125-135 at overseas pitches luckily have wickets

  • Crickaddict on February 27, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Yes, he conceded lot of runs. But don't throw this guy out. May be he is not suited to indian pitches, but he can bowl really fast and is a raw talent. He has to be handled well and will be an asset in pitches outside subcontinent. This is where an experienced bowling coach should come in to play and i am afraid Dawes is not the person.Like NZ have Shane bond, aussies have Mc'dermort india should hire a bowling coach having international experience. Dont let this guy fade away. Both Aaron and Umesh need a fast bowling coach. Don't let these talents fade away as india is scarce of bowlers with 150km/h speed.

  • crick_wizard on February 27, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    i have been repeatedly saying that india lack a good bowling coach, for quite some time now...that coupled with erratic selection is what hurting indian bowling..I would really like cricinfo to do an article on the number of seam bowlers tried in the last 10 years, how much first class cricket they played before getting selected for national team and how many games they were given before being dropped..from that the following facts would become evident 1) India have tried more seam bowlers than any other country in the world in last 10 years 2) Those who were selected hardly had a prolonged first class experience so that their real talent can be gauged, instead of inducting them prematurely into the national side 3) they were not given a long enough run to prove their talent (unless they are a captain's favorite)..

  • raj-m on February 27, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    There hasn't been any genuine fast bowler who isn't wayward in the early days of their international career(at least from the 90's till now). If any one had followed the career of the present No.1 fast bowler, Dale Steyn,you would get an perfect example of this. When he first appeared on the international scene, it was Pollock's & Ntini's time who are known for their perfect disciplined bowling, but here was a guy who couldn't bowl 6 deliveries properly. He was so wayward that I, with my friends used to laugh & wonder why or how the heck SA has brought him to International scene. But within couple of years everything has changed, & now everything can be seen by every one. Hopefully, Aaron won't be ill advised by any one Indian setup to slow down for accuracy(especially by Dhoni). We already lost chance of grooming or making genuine fast bowlers with Munaf Patel & Ishant Sharma, who opted to slow their pace for accuracy, now they aren't fast nor accurate. Hope history won't repeat again

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    What India needs right now is a Craig McDermot, Allan Donald, Wasim Akram or a Waqar Younis as a specific fast bowling coach period. This person would do nothing else but to train India's fast bowlers. His aim has to be to help the Indian bowlers to maintain fitness if not improve it, physically train them to increase pace when required and impart nuances to control the flow of runs or use the conditions to get wickets. Currently none of these attributes are there for these players and I think Dawes is not doing a great job with them. I think when Ishant lost some pace after recovering from injury, Eric Simmons did a good job to help Ishant recover some of it. However after he left, there is nothing much in the name of help that is coming as far as coaching is concerned. These players need to coached well if BCCI wishes to see them spearhead our bowling attack. Probably a county stint with a good team should help.

  • NP_NY on February 27, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Isn't this why we have bowling coaches? Someone who bowls at 145 consistently is literally one-in-a-billion in India. Varun is only 24. Coach him on getting his lines and lengths consistently right, WITHOUT LOSING PACE. Same should be done with Umesh Yadav. India really really really needs FAST bowlers, especially outside the sub-continent.

  • JustIPL on February 27, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    A bowler with economy rate of around 7 makes it to the indian team that too for asia cup. interesting. certainly no bowling stock with india. fur sure. His ishant like return against lowly rated bangladesh. Let see how he does if indian selection committee persists with him at all costs just because his is making some kliks.

  • dganger on February 27, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Well this is expected, I have been commenting on this line for last 2-3 months in Cricinfo. This guys need confidence and proper grooming. Grooming in the wyes of an experienced and efficient coach and team management. Unfortunately Indian cricket management is the worst when it comes to handling fast bowlers. Wee all know the results. A negative coach can ruin fast bowlers career by suggesting them to compromise on pace and taking care of only line and length. Pace is a rare quality and its God gifted. So Indian people who can harness this skills along with proper line and length. Both Umesh Yadav and Varun Aron are genuine fast bowlers but this guys have been misguided and mis handled so far by Dhoni and Co. This guys also need long run, if a utter failure and medicore pacers like Ishant sharma can extend such long run, this 2 guys genuinenly deserves more. They will go for runs initially, but as they gain more match practise, confidence and guidance this guys will be jewels.

  • NP_NY on February 27, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    @ i_amVIVA: If you haven't noticed, fans don't always write the most rational comments in these forums. Take a look at your comments for example. Routinely drubbed? BD has beaten India 3 times in the last 26 years (India has won 22). And none of those wins were a drubbing. BDs win/loss ratio against Pakistan is 1-30 and against SL it is 31-4. You want other fans to respect BD's performances? Tell your fans to show more respect to better teams first. Mushfiq is a good batsman and hit a good century yesterday. But he did struggle in the last 10 overs to accelerate. 70 runs in the last 10 overs when you are only 3 down, is not going to win matches. That is the main reason why BD lost yesterday.

  • Practical_person on February 27, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    I think he needs to be groomed and considering that India does not have the setup or pitches conducive for pace bowling, it is pretty impressive. I think he should get a stint in county cricket or Australian domestic cricket if it is in the second or third division. This will inculcate discipline which is lacking in all Indians. Zaheer came a long way after county cricket.

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    @I_MVIVA :Sour Grapes again. I understand your concerns...If you want the whole world to run and think according to you ,it is not possible my friend. If the match would have won by Bangladesh then rahim's knock could have been praise worthy,but alas it was not.So Match winning performance will get their due.similarly when Mccullum scored triple century he got the derving praise,even though kohli had hit a century and rahane had his first century in the first innings. so please preach ur nirvana to ur sri lankan brothers.Cheers Cricinfo please publish..

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    A genuine quick bowler is an increasingly rare breed in modern day cricket. Genuine quick bowlers have to be nurtured and persisted. Many tearaways around the world started International cricket with a bit of waywardness and worked their way into settling down. Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Shoaib Akhtar etc all had such spells early in their careers. For just maintaining line and length we have lot of bowlers Bhuvaneshwar, Shami, Irfan, Praveen, Vinay, Unadkat etc. Bowlers like Umesh and Varun would give that extra edge or x factor that a team needs. Remember an old interview of Imran Khan, replying to a question of how Pakistan is able to unearth many fast bowlers and what he tells them, Imran replied, I tell the genuine quick bowlers to just bowl fast and express themselves, Line and length will soon fall in line. Aaron and Umesh are not going to become Glenn Mcgrath by cutting down pace so leave that to the medium pacers please

  • sundersingh on February 27, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    varun is a good bowler and need to be groomed, otherwise he will be in the list of RP,munaf,.......

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Its too early to judge Aaron he needs to be given more time. He and Umesh Yadav are rare assets in Indian cricket and need to be nursed properly and for that we need a captain who backs genuine pace bowlers and not mediocre bowlers like Vinay and Praveen. Also we need to understand the conditions were against fast bowling in BD with a slow pitch actually helping the batsmen play him. Pace is a good foundation on which other skills like control,variation,swing can be built on and not the other way on. So folks give him some more time. Personally I love to see him bowling and check the speed gun ...a rare sight for an Indian bowler.

  • sreehk on February 27, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Can you hear the chorus!! How every Indian says retain Varun Aron for longer time. Yes, to hell with the line and runs conceded by him. But more importantly he is bowling at 149 kmph. He should be backed to the core by team management until world cup now. Imagine what he can do if he tastes blood and gains in confidence. Mitchel Johnson was erratic until recent times before becoming effective to intimidating. The author and team management should join the chorus when the Varun is on his run up mark. If Virat drops Varun it is probably the biggest hint how Virat would be as a captain and shows that he is one of those defensive captains again. If he persists with Varun, great sign!

  • nsareen on February 27, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Mr. Karthik Krishnaswamy atleast you could have chosen a better phrase for your article, i'm dead sure Mr. Mushfiqar Rahim who got hit would certainly disagree that Varun is not Fearsome... Sometimes a bowler develops late, so what's the big deal in it, have you done your homework and observed his LIST A record ???? You are making a false comparison between ODI match & First Class matches.... You should also go through his LIST A record to undersand he is not somebody who has a very high average in One Dayers...

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Just one match and you start jumping on the poor guy. And that too on a placid low keeping Bangladesh wicket where there was no pace of the pitch or swing. The pitch suited more to slow medium bowlers like Bhuvi. Surely you as a cricket journalist would know that!

    There are much worse bowlers who have been playing for India for so long.

  • i_amVIVA on February 27, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Because Ind won, it is only kholi century and praise all over the site; Barely any Indian supporter cared for citing or recognizing the fine knock from the other captain, who also scored a century first, against a relatively stronger opponent, with similar strike rates. Such un-sportsmanship behavior by this crowd may not be unexpected, as their team is routinely drubbed every now and then by this so called minnow neighbor. But the heartbreak is when Cricinfo itself portrays the same double standard against the fine host along with her captain, who were by no means any easy push over in the game, despite their key players being absent from the game. This is unreal.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on February 27, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav need time out of the international side so they can both be properly mentored by someone like Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis. As of this moment, they only have pace but they have no idea how to use it to their own advantage.

  • MaruthuDelft on February 27, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Haddin said Indians break quickly. It is true. That is why India has not produced a fast bowler yet. If Aaron doesn't break he will make it. Whether he is picked or not he should not give up (break) bowling fast. He should look after his fitness. Pace without accuracy means there is something not syncing in his action. Experts can't solve it. He himself would get it if he tries hard.

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    He is genuine pace. Do not waste his talent like you have done to other fast bowlers. May be drop dhoni who insists on playing ordinary spinners. But bowlers like Aaron are useful for places like Australia, South Africa where True cricket is being played. Not spinners like Ashwin and Jadeja who can't even spin the ball on Dead wickets.

    India has to remember that they can win only with 5 Genuine bowlers in their side may be in ODIs or Tests.

  • barryrichardsfan on February 27, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    It is heartening to see someone clocking 90 miles being an indian fan. Even best of bowlers have bad days so this performance doesn't mean he is not good. Well he has played only 19 FC games and will only get better with time, provided he is groomed by right personnals. Prasad was better than Dawes, I'd like someone like Lillee/Donald or even a Bond to mentor him. Kohli is a guy who would know the bigger picture, and for a start he must start working on him in RCB setup where Dan Vettori and co may groom him. After two years, if everything goes well, I. can see him running through sides in test matches , and Kohli and co must keep the bigger picture in mind. Cricket is a game of patience folks.

  • DaisonGarvasis on February 27, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    India is not used to the laxuary of having that sort of fast bowler at their disposal. It will take time to realize that and then it will take time to guide him to use that speed with right direction. give him time.

  • Fanatic9 on February 27, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    I know his figures for this game are not even worth mentioning but considering the number of opportunities given to the bowlers like Ishant, he deserves a chance or two to prove himself. With his pace, if he gets the line/length right, he can be a destructive bowler India is looking for.

  • on February 27, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Its pretty much evident that Indian bowlers are not getting proper guidance and when I say this it includes spinners as well. BCCI being the richest and most powerful cricket board is in the best position to hire the services of the best coaches around. Even Australian pacers were not as terrific before the re-appointment of Craig McDermott. And please don't go hiring blokes like Venkatesh Prasad, a very ordinary bowler in his day. BCCI should hire someone like Lillee, Holding alongwith one of our very own spin masters to permanently mentor not only the national team players but also the up and coming bowlers in the domestic circuit. Over the last couple of years it is firmly established that bowling is our weak link, hence I think our administrators should focus on improving this area immediately.

  • cheguramana on February 27, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    BCCI shows an utter lack of concern in grooming fast bowling talent. What is the coach doing anyway ? Is it so difficult to get them groomed by the likes of Venkatesh Prasad, Srinath, Kapil Dev ? Maybe Zaheer Khan as well - he wl probably be a better coach than a bowler ! Forget Test cricket, Indian team wl not be able to defend WC 2015, if they don't take urgent corrective action on their fast bowling resources !!

  • Indian_Observer on February 27, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    I think Varun with his pace would have been more useful in test matches in SA & NZ.Play him in tests outside the subcontinent.

  • y4yoga on February 27, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Aron Not fit for International standards... the poor guy has got only pace which other indian bowlers lack. No swing at all in his pace.. after all that he don't have an Idea of how to bowl to get a wicket instead just bowling fast and expect the batsmen to make a mistake in his pace... not only in this match but if one could see all the matches he played and the wickets he got... there is nothing called a 'beautiful delivery' or a 'threat' to the batsmen.. this guy needs to learn atleast now else waste of a talent. as of now I feel Ishant , Munaf and even RP singh are far better than this guy..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    He needs to be in good hands and once he got good training from some one like brettlee, he will be a good bowler. His fast yorkers are his plus point. But captains must use him in 3,4 spells.

  • on February 27, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    I think its time to bring back Praveen Kumar to make the bowling little stronger. He has done way better than these worst of bowlers.. Buvi, Shami and Praveen can make it a good attack. Really don't understand why the selectors pulled him out all of sudden after the series against ENG in ENG for test matches. He should have continued for tests too after a decent start in ENG where didn't have any support from the other end. And then dropped from the ODIs too. When the bowlers like Umesh and Aaron can come back to national side directly from the injuries then why not praveen?

  • Sandt on February 27, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    The biggest problem with these indian fast bowlers is that the captain and the team don't support them. The mindset of Indian captain ( not kohli) Dhoni is to use these bits and piece bowlers. Also Dhoni seems to be too much fond of ishanth sharma and give chances to him. in his view Ishant is the only genuine bowler in India.This guy had destroyed lot of talended bowlers in his time of captaincy for India. Name a few: Yadav, Sreeshanth. Irfan, Ojha, Mishra, etc.

  • on February 27, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Provide bowling coach to guide these bowlers. Do not cut down pace, improve accuracy, line and length for subcontinent as well in Australia, South African countries. Plz. dont shoo them away. We need Varun and other who have the ability to bowl really fast.

  • Rohit... on February 27, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Everyone Wants a JOHNSON, But Nobody wants to pay a price for it... Even Johnson was beaten Black & Blue before having a stunning performance in the Ashes... Kohli will persist with him and Once he Understands where to pitch the ball in which track, He will be UNSTOPPABLE.

  • on February 27, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Wondering what mr. Joe davis doing as a bowling coach for indian team???what made BCCI to select him as a bowling coach without playing a single international match....dissapointed!!!!

  • JustIPL on February 27, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    He looked kind in kind replacement of Ishant. Many fans are mentioning Umesh and Mishra both of whom have pathetic economy rate and might drafted in this indian side to face more mauling.

  • amrithd on February 27, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Such a meaningless article - What is his international experience 12 matches?? You expect him to be on par and cunning in addition to bowling fast with 12 ODI's?? Even a 40 test match veteran would find life difficult on such surfaces..

    What he needs to be doing is play more test matches and get his body / game in shape before anything else.

  • rajuramki on February 27, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    You ask Kapildev and he will tell you that the most important requirements of a fast bowler is LINE and LENGTH . These virtues are useful in any form of cricket . Bowlers like Ishant and Aaron have never understood the importance of these requirements with the result that time and again , they release the pressure built by the other bowlers. Just bowling fast can never take a bowler far , which even our selectors do not seem to understand. With the present Indian bowling attack , the minimum target for the Indian batsmen to chase will be 300 in the future.

  • mysecretme on February 27, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    I suggest you look at the statistics of Aaron's first few international matches before he got injured to know what is possible. Please don't discount Aaron. He is coming back from injury and it will be a few more matches before he gets his radar right.

  • on February 27, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    If batsman like Rohit could be given extended life inspite of recurrent failures hoping that he would score a ton in one match, why can't the same yardstick to a bowler. For a bolwer to succeed the conditions also matter. Give him the support and the ideas to improve. Are there any coaches around to do this? Shining example is Mitchel Johnson - what he was a couple of years back and what he is now. Indian cricket has money in plenty. What ails us is the lack of system - the sytem that tansformed MJ into a bowler that he is today.

  • on February 27, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    To those "speed obsessed" fans: Speed without control is worse than useless. They add to the opposition's kitty. Aaaron would have added at least 20-30 runs to BD's kitty.

    Look at Pigeon; he doesn't have an express speed. Neither do Pollock. Even the greatest of the left-handers Wasim is not a speed maniac either. But they all contributed a lot y getting wickets and to the victory of their respective teams.

    It is cases like Varun, which makes me furious with non-effective bowling coaches! And, BCCI wasting their(and indirectly, ours) resources.

  • hnlns on February 27, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    To be fair to any fast bowler, not just Aaron, the pitches in B'desh are not the one based on which they should be judged. The boundaries were not exactly big, making the task of controlling run flow even more difficult, especially when the ball travels faster than normal. He should be given enough opportunities to try and prove himself and should be persevered with if he can take enough wickets, even if he is a bit expensive. After all, Rohit Sharma is being persisted with even after such a long period of poor performance. A training stint under the watch of people like Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath might do wonders for these young bowlers who are the ray of hope for Team India when they travel overseas.

  • inswing on February 27, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    India simply has no good bowlers. Outside the subcontinent they have 0 chance to win anything. Inside it they have a small chance. One can only hope that Aron and Yadav can be trained. But these not 15 year olds, they are guys in their 20s who have received a ton of coaching already. How much they can change and improve now is questionable. There is such a severe paucity of pace in India, that people get very excited about anybody who can bowl a few balls over 140. Unfortunately that doesn't make you a good bowler. One can try to train Ishant, Aron, and Yadav, but India should keep looking for anybody half-decent.

  • on February 27, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    When we could bear a mediocre player like Ishanth for over 6 years there is nothing wrong in playing Varun & Umesh for antoher year. Pace is very rare commodity among Indian bowlers and anyone who can bowl 140+ consistently are gold. Its the responsibility of the team management especially the bowling coach to work with these kids and make sure they correct their mistakes. Hope MSD doesn't take this performance as an execuse and get back Ishanth into the team. Ashwin was pathetic and probably time to let go of him. After seeing the way Ajmal and Bangladesh spinners bowled i rate Ashwin to the worst of the lot.

  • on February 27, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    They said he bowls left, he bowls right, but hey that's Mitchie alright!! This guy torments the minds of the batsmen after 8 years of playing cricket.. Aaron will start to get it okay.. High 140's were never an average speed of an Indian quick.. This kid is special.. Rohit was given a long rope.. So was Ishant.. On his day Aaron will blow opponents away.. And the joy of looking into the speed column after every delivery and seeing high 140's is just awesome!!

  • Monoz1976 on February 27, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    One another mediocre fast bowler.

  • on February 27, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    All the NZ bowlers who just beat India bowled at 130s. But they were accurate. Except Zaheer, all Indian bowlers were faster than them. But Indians had problem with line and length.

    What is MRF Pace Foundation doing?

  • sergio11 on February 27, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    Whats the need of this article cricinfo???young fast bowler trying to ball fast on flat deck will go for runs...Every real fast bowler who came to scene first was really expensive intially...Lee,Akthar everyone....the record for conceeding most runs in a inng was with Lee for many years...in 2003 world cup Ind smashed Akhtar all around....it can happen,and both with experience became the greatest in the generation...BUT WHEN THIS HAPPENS TO A INDIAN BOWLER, U GUYS GOES AFTER HIM..WHY?? Adam Milne Avg 140+ in odi...and Econony above 6...that means neither is he taking wickets or controling the flow of runs...stil NZ value him..Arron is just 24..and played just 3 matchs after coming back from an injury..its too cruel if u guys are gonna start put up articles like this...and it will be real shame if he is dropped from next game....and about the point of aaron not having a good domestic record..in IPL 5 for DD he was really good..what more you need..??

  • CurrentPresident on February 27, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    I wouldn't worry about his every performance right now. He can learn with time. Fearsome is a milestone only possible on the Fast road. Once you are on the path of Fast, you can get to Fearsome. There is no milestone named Fearsome on the Medium path.

    Important thing is that he should keep learning and get himself good guidance. There is no other solution in sight for India.

    When Imran Khan started his career, he was pretty much the same. But with backing and self-belief he transformed himself. Even Johnson has finally proven valuable after all these ups and downs. So there is a potential for Aaron as well. Give him a chance to get there.

  • Cool_Jeeves on February 27, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    I am astonished that there are so many intelligent comments in just a single article. Most of the readers have criticised the "system" and not the bowler, which is precisely correct. At least it is clear that our readers feel the pain of India regularly wasting fast bowling talent by having ineffective coaches.

    I recently met Rahul David in a finction and he mentioned Umesh yadav has lost his confidence and rhythm. But it does seem to be a bleak picture for India in that there is no one in teh establishment really bothered about making the most of pace bowling talent we have

  • Oracle_Magus on February 27, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    Varun's the best thing to have happened for India. He has the pace that's going to scare many batsmen. Instead of criticising his inaccuracy, we should help him to retain the pace and be more accurate. After being the richest cricketing nation, if he cannot be coached, then it's really a shame. Never has there been such a talent in our country and we need to make the best from this. Cheers

  • RajeshNaik on February 27, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    The writer is spot on when he says Aaron has no numbers in domestic cricket to back hos selection to the Indian team. It is only hos speed that got him in to the team. For India it may be a rarity but in International cricket it is not so. Batsmen regularly play 145+ bowlers and handling Aaron is no big deal for them. Pace will not rattle batsmen. Strategy and skill do.

  • Baratheonking on February 27, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    BCCI needs to do a complete overhaul at the domestic level in order to encourage fast bowlers. They need to order to prepare all the domestic pitches in India to suit pace and bounce. Mark my words and we shall see an oversea series win in next 2-3 yrs or else just continue with the dismal record and be happy with it and stop complaining while you at it.

  • RajeshNaik on February 27, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    Varun ha splayed only 8 ODIs And in all of them, except one, he has gone for plenty. but it is also to be noted that he has not been given a chance on a consistent basis. Let him play 10 matches continuously and let him play about 25-30 matches in total. Then, we will be in a position to judge whether he is worth or not. So far he has been disappointing. Those who back him based only on his speed stand exposed. One needs direction as well.

  • prakashpollachi on February 27, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    even shami bowls around 142 , 143 kms .i think this guy is not coached properly..the worst part of the game is when gavaskar commented that he delibrately hit the batsman with full toss ..what a poor commentry by gavaskar i hope he should never comment here after.

  • on February 27, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    Don't be too cocky about it. It is great thing that an Indian bowler can hit 150km speed. Let him work on that speed and he needs support. Who broke that 3rd wicket partnership? Just relax!We need to support our fast bowlers.

  • on February 27, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    Unless one bowl with one Wicket in nets, its tough for any bowler to control the asset of pacers - FAST!

  • Johnny_129 on February 27, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron are the best things for Indian cricket - Hopefully, they will inspire youngsters to strive for pace. Any young bowler needs time to adjust. If Aaron and Yadav get as many chances as Ishant and if they do not drop pace then we will see a reformed Indian bowling! It would be great to see a bowling lineup consisting to Shami, Yadav, Aaron & Pandey bowling in tandem, outside of the sub-continent.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 27, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    He needs coaching in the nets. India should have employed Wasim or Waqar as their bowling coach but surely indian won't. Varun, if not coached properly, will become like Mohammad Sami WHO regularly bowled at 150k but would always go for a lot of runs because he never knew what he was doing.

  • ProdigyA on February 27, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    The problem is the useless coaches...wonder what their role is apart from drawing huge cheques regularly.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 27, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    While I do agree that Aaron needs time to mature, he is not showing any signs of improvement. Yes, he can bowl fast, and he should not compromise on his pace at all, but he needs to learn control. Over the past few matches, he has been spraying the ball all over the place, which at his pace, is actually a gift as even the slightest edge can send it flying to the boundary. He needs to be put back into the domestic circuit, work on his fitness as he is injury prone, and have someone work on his control. Maybe get a former fast bowler to help him like Shane Bond is doing for NZ. He needs some down time to work on himself. He is young and has plenty of time to bounce back. He can be crucial for the WC. For those blaming the pitches, Shami and Bhuvi bowled on the same pitches, but they did well. Thats because they bowled yorkers and bouncers well. He didn't even bowl that well on NZ pitches which were said to help fast bowlers.

  • Humdingers on February 27, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Kohli/Dhoni need to take a leaf out of Ponting's book when he told MJ to "just go out there and bowl fast". Confidence will come. Instead look at Munaf Patel, Yadev, even Ishant - all slowing down to "get more accurate" - which also is not working. Once Dhoni and Fletcher go - the Indian side will be a lot better and more consistent.

  • sergio11 on February 26, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    give him time....its just 3 games he played continuely...i am sure he will be india's lead bowler in 2-3 years...and lets hope he wont cut his pace down to get more control after ysterdays incident....

  • I_Love_My_India on February 26, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    BCCI & Virat, please keep Varun in the team for some time. I watched him bowling today. Though he was taken to the cleaners, I really could not believe an Indian bowler consistently bowling at 144 kms/hr. Please guide and nurture Varun and Umesh. Please let them not be like Munaf or Sreesanth who were "fast" bowlers and settled to become "medium" pacers.

    There might be many who will criticize me. But I wish if we had one or two genuine "fast" bowlers....

  • vik56in on February 26, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    Only one match and the critics are already spewing venom ! Will they allow Varun to be ever nurtured ?

  • on February 26, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    makes u wonder what is the fast bowling coach doing anyway? he has nothing to show for his salary. if he is useless, get rid of him n get someone else or just save the money

  • IndTheBest on February 26, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    There is so much emphasis is given to batsman in India and no coaching, respect and importance given to the bowlers. Even after today's matches there are articles about how good Kohli and Rahane performed and how bad Varun performed. There are no much about Shami who took four wickets or B Kumar who controlled line/length. There is not much about how our opener failed. Indian team certainly deserve world's best bowling coach and some respect from administration, media and fans. Cricket is game of bat, bowl and fielding. We play with 7 batsman and expect bowlers to bat as well but in contrast have only 4 bowlers to take a bowling load and don't fail ever. Support or no support from fielding staff is not even mentioned or easily ignored.

  • denkiller on February 26, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    Varun needs more chances at the international level, he will be india's best fast bowler soon.

  • on February 26, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    " It's hard to tell if either of them is getting the guidance they need to make the most of their talent."

    No it's not hard to tell. Zaheer Khan would never have lasted had he not learnt a huge amount through playing county cricket. RP Singh was transformed by playing county cricket as they gave him a fitness and strengthening programme. Without that guidance his career stalled. It's feasible to say that county cricket helped Srinath too. Players like Munaf Patel and Ishant Sharma should have been world beaters but their careers stalled. It isn't a question of the pitches or a lack of talent. India have the players available but the actual coaching and guidance is not maximising their talent and appears to hinder more than help.

  • IndTheBest on February 26, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    B Kumar & Ishwar Pandey are accurate. Varun is fast. As a fan we complain on Kumar's speed and Varun's accuracy. In my opinion Varun is definitely better than Ishant. Give him at least 4-5 games before you judge him.

  • spinkingKK on February 26, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    In all fairness to Aaron and Yadav, many other fast bowlers also become very expensive in sub-continent wickets. Even in other countries, it is becoming a norm to serve belters for ODI's and the bowlers go for a lot of runs. Once they become experienced, some bowlers find a way to contain the batsmen. Australia's Shaun Tait used to go for some 9 runs per over in ODI's. So, was Brett Lee in early days. When bowling fast, it is very easy to miss the target line and length, just like the leg spinners are prone to bowl more full tosses than the offies. Opposition scoring 300 plus is not all that bad these days. Overall India bowled well in the match. I believe Aaron should be persisted with. May be he had a bad match. Otherwise, India will have to play with the bowlers like Joginder Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar (despite the lack of pace, I believe PK should be in the team anyway).

  • SL_Boy on February 26, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    if he is 149 in DB he will be 155 in Aus ... give a chance ... , look at Chandimal he got around 50 games, play him all the asia cup games, he can build confidence... may be he is so nervers

  • Natx on February 26, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    No wonder the bowling coach is on firing lane. He hasn't done anything to make the bowlers productive. These days everyone's getting whacked out of the park thanks to T20 training so runs doesn't matter but the strike rate does. Look at McDermott. The one big change he did when India toured Aus last time was to have his fellows bowl full and straight. Simple goal but executed to perfection due to training and focus. Indian folks first need to learn to bowl right length and line. Without this even if someone has 160k pace, it's water in the drain.

  • AnoMaLy on February 26, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    Finally someone who can consistently bowl over 145K. India should stick with Aaron and with some more experience he could be a real threat in the near future. Before the next WC, India should try Yadav, Aaron, Shami, Jadeja and Mishra as the bowling options. My team for the next match - Dhawan Pujara Kohli Rahane Rohit/Binny DK Jadeja Mishra Shami Aaron Yadav/Pandey.

  • satchander on February 26, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    I think I would focus more on the point where the author mentions if bowlers such as Aaraon and Umesh are being given enough guidance by the coaching staff. I am not worried about these new bowlers getting smashed initially but I will be worried if they continue to bowl like this even after say 1 year. I think 140+ kmph is great for pace starved Indian bowling but we just need to coach these guys to develop yorkers, make sure bouncers are aimed at batsman's throats, develope slower bowls that are extremely difficult for batsmen to pick etc. These tricks will need to be learnt and coaching staff have to do their jobs in ensuring this happens. BUT just because these new guys are not doing well initially does not mean we bring people like ISHANT back who never want to learn in spite of playing 70 odd ODIs !!!

  • hhillbumper on February 26, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Best bowler ever. India will soon reach world number one. Shame they can't play out of asia

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 26, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    I know it's a f bowlers graveyard-in support of his bowl. figs.-,expensive nontheless.VA's by far Ind's most talented f bowler.Much better than limited bowlers-Bhuv K,Ishant etc.Should look to cut pace by 5-10 ks-he's fragile-but can 'step up' if needed.

  • Coolcapricorn on February 26, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    With a good bowling coach, we should persevere with bowlers like Aaron & Yadav to use their pace effectively for the team. They should be taught to bowl with intelligence and be able to have good variations in their bowling too. They need to be nurtured and protected from over-bowling to stop them from picking injuries, particularly on the dead tracks back In India. With our bowling being totally mediocre & toothless for a while now, we desperately need these youngsters to succeed & be very good bowlers for team India for a long while to come!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 26, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    Aaron reminds me of an 'express' fast bowler of similar ilk-waywardness-though not anywhere near him in class-if you can call it that-or level of intimidation-S Tait.Can call him a poor mans vers. of Tait,only he-VA-does it good 10 kph slower on avg.

  • on February 26, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    What is joe dawes doing? Isn't his job to teach him how to bowl line and length. Indian bowlers have been bruised. Conceding almost 6 an over every match. If aaron's talent is wasted, i would be extremely pissed. Yadav and Aron along with Shami are india's future. Moreover yadav can swing the ball too. They just need to be taught bowling line and length which bowling coach is certainly failing at.

  • JontyG on February 26, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav are our answers for genuine fast bowlers. We have Bhuvi, Shami, Zak, Ishant and Ishwar Pandey backing these 2 fast bowlers.

    The next world cup is in Australia and NZ which would help the likes on Aaron and Umesh. BCCI and these 2 bowlers should look after themselves and improve and learn to do well for themselves and Team India in the WC 2015.

    These are young guys, young bowlers, they need time, they have time...they need backing, and Cricinfo, please back them and not write negative articles about them. Do not contribute towards their fall in confidence.

    Go Aaron ! Go Umesh ! break the timber !

  • Collegefastbowler on February 26, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    When you bowl fast you do tend to leak runs if you are marginally off the radar and that is because the pace of the ball will take it quickly to the boundary before the fielders can react. If an edge crosses the slips it is going to be a four. If a bouncer takes off it can reach the boundary as well. But he is a rare commodity who is not afraid to bowl fast and his pace is fast. Give him a helpful pitch to bowl on and watch the batsmen hop. I have no idea why Dhoni did not use him in the Tests in NZ instead of persisting with the trundlers Ishant and Zahir. Also where has Umesh Yadav gone? He also used to bowl in the 140s.

  • on February 26, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    give him some time to be in the field india have a pace bowler after a long time so get a proper coach who can guide him to sort out his line but dnt ignore him

  • Retour on February 26, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Poor article. Aaron hasn't played that much cricket including first class games. Rather than trying to criticize him - a plan should be put forward to train fast bowlers in India .... To dominate, Ind has to have the capability to attack both with the ball and the bat We need to ENCOURAGE fast bowlers

  • on February 26, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Guile, Wile, and hostile - are either inborn qualities, in the right hands, could be harvested and harnessed. Speed is there, just pray that he gets the right guidance and we will have a genuine pace bowler for a change. Just hope that for the sake of economy, he will not be advised to cut down his pace to 130s(KPH).

  • on February 26, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Its actually great to see an Indian fast bowler hit 150. That is right up there with the fastest. Umesh and Aaron should feature on a regular basis even if runs are leaked initially. Mitchell Johnson has the license to give away 70 runs in his 10 overs if he picks up 3-5 wickets. That's what you need. Was good to see Kohli give him 8 till he had to be taken out. Dhoni wouldn't hve bowled him after his 5th which is exactly why Umesh is out of the odi team and is a passenger on the test side. Better management is the need of the hour specially in the case of fast bowling.

  • truthfinder on February 26, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Bowling fast is enough. A genuine fast bowler must be capable of hitting the deck hard and produce steep bounce at least twice in an over. If someone bowls fuller length his speed gun record may easily shoots up but that does not scare the batsmen. Good player of fast bowling actually relishes that style. Unless the bowler is an expert of in swinging yorker or reverse swing bowling fast at fuller length is useless. It is more difficult to bowl fast with short of good length or good length and bounce it more -- some thing what Australian & South Africans are capable off. India lacks that category of fast bowlers. Aron is just like another Agarkar. He too used bowl around 90mph with fuller length. Once the batsmen worked him out he became useless.

  • Texmex on February 26, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    I can see the Indian think tank already saying - "Varun - don't bowl fast try to bowl about 135 but concentrate on line and length, become a trundler!!" By the way this always happens with all Indian fast bowlers - very bloke starts at 140+ and goes down - Zaheer, Nehra, Munaf, RP Singh. List is endless. I bet Yadav is thinking the same, let me bowl and then I can get a game??

  • Aashiyer on February 26, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    Take out Aaron from further playing if he continues to destroy India's chances of getting to the top easily. Put in Binny as a sub medium pacer. Speed is not important unless you have all the key elements needed to be a fast/spin bowler. If Kohli wants Aaron in, then he should put him in at right times. He is not experienced so he should be put in for 4-5 overs. Why not Bhuvi? He is suited for these type of pitches. He can also York the ball. If only India could get a bowler who can bowl Yorkers like malinga. He can York it in and destroy the opposition with his bowling.

  • vrkp on February 26, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    He did what he was asked to do which is to replace ishant. Well we didn't miss ishant did we?

    During sa vs AU's test, one wud have noticed Donald standing close to boundary and constantly talking to the bowlers. The same thing happened between Bond and nz bowlers.

    You won't see with our coach.

    I think we should really change the entire coaching staff with someone who have experience in Intl level and smart.working.

  • on February 26, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Varun Aaron is injury prone. This happens if you have a bad technique which puts pressure on your body or lack of overall fitness. Indian fast bowlers start by bowling as fast as possible to make a name and get into the team. Then its all about playing as many matches and making as much money as possible. Please understand this and adjust your expectations. Aaron is just trying to bowl fast at the moment because thats his USP and thats what he has to do. Our bowlers don't have the heart and passion that Aussie or Saffies or Pak pace bowlers have in them.

  • Alexk400 on February 26, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Why don't people understand. Short and fast is useless. We have seen it in pakistan sami 's bowling. Reason is the trajectory. If batsman can pick up length is the trajectory is low and straight. Slingers are better if you are short bowler because you can't guess where ball lands. Thats why malinga and mitchell johnson kinda successful. Also accuracy helps. Normal short and fast bowlers are pretty useless to me.

  • Nampally on February 26, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    I expected Kohli as his Captain to have Aaron bowl good line & length. Unlike Dhoni, Kohli is not a WK & field at midoff with constant instructions & guidance. But Kohli appears to be as bad as Dhoni in controlling his bowlers. Unlike in Tests, the 5 Bowlers for an ODI are pre selected & have to bowl 10 overs with good economy rate. It is sad to see a Fast bowler of Aaron's pace wasting his talent in such a bone headed manner with no control over his length, line or direction. He did the same on the pace friendly NZ pitches. Just like Yadev- also a 145 KPH bowler- Aaron will soon be a forgotten Guy. These 2 bowlers should take a page out of ZAK's book or of Shami's. Bowling in such a brainless manner against BD team is shockingly poor exposition of weakness! India need to send Aaron back & seek a replacement- to show their disgust. This also a lesson for the BCCI to run a long overdue coaching camp for Fast Bowlers under a strict, disciplinarian & results orientated Coach - A Sad case!

  • on February 26, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    I wouldn't worry about it too much. The important thing is to give these guys game time. Adam Milne from NZ has been spanked in a similar fashion repeatedly early in his career but he's improving every match. As long as he's adding some skills to his repertoire (a good yorker, bouncer, and the ability to swing or seam the ball) he'll be a prospect for the future.

    The pitch was also an awful one for fast bowlers. No bounce off a length meant that the batsmen could just drive the ball through the line. He will enjoy bowling in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand much more.

  • bronko on February 26, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    Its people like you that are the cause of Indias lack of fast bowlers the kid needs time look how long it took Johnson to become the best bowler around at the moment ,it seems there is no body taking care if Indian bowlers ,there should be a bowling coach working along side a sports psychologist helping these guys , and anyway the reason for India getting a true fast bowlers is to clean up the tail enders wev all seen how easy the tail enders cope with Indias medium pace but one thing they should not be spoken of like the way you have and two not be discarded like India have a habit of doing you should read some articles by Ian Pont the fast bowling coach

  • Unmesh_cric on February 26, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    I think the criticism in this article is going too far. Aaron is still a young bowler early in his career. The last thing we Indians want is guys like Aaron and Umesh giving up their pace for "accuracy". So many Indian bowlers have already done that and suffered. Look at Munaf Patel. He was fast early in his career, but settled for "line-and-length" later. Obviously with so many bowlers in the same 130 mph "line-and-length" category, he fails to make the cut now. Aaron and Umesh need to improve their accuracy WHILE MAINTAINING THEIR PACE. Please do not ask them to drop their pace. It is possible to have both pace and accuracy. It is not "either, or" kind of case.

  • Naresh28 on February 26, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    DO we have a BOWLING COACH? Indian pacers need to learn the art of bowling to the fourth stump outside off. Practice it over and over to learn accuracy. PRACTICE at high speeds and also pitching it further up. Of the current lot only Shami is doing it like such.

  • NewYorkCricket on February 26, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    India needs to encourage him more. If he can find the right length he will be a great asset. If not then under the current circumstances Zaheer is our best bet for the world cup.

  • i_amVIVA on February 26, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    BD wasn't a push over by any means. Well, it's BCB 1 - Team BD 0; BCB can rejoice now keeping key players away, a game well played by politician BCB

  • on February 26, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    He should try to get a stint in English County cricket. Aaron come across as an intelligent person. He needs to bowl a lot of balls and build his skills.

  • TimeKiller on February 26, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    What's the point in being fast without any control?

  • rajarajan99 on February 26, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    The biggest problem with India is not its fast bowlers, it is mostly those Thayir Saadham fellas who make sure to jump to the gun as soon as somebody tries it fast pointing all possible problem with the fast bowlers. It is nothing but the problem with the people who think they are better than somebody who is fast and fearsome. They try to dismiss them that they are not fast or fearful. Who can be fast or fearful? How many international fast bowlers performed well in Indian pitches? People score almost 400 in Indian grounds, it is not a fast bowler friend wickets unless there is due in the morning or reverse swing. Only few occasions I saw the fast bowlers so fearsome in Indian wickets, one was Javagal Srinath in Nagpur against SA long time ago. Let the fast bowlers make mistakes in sub continue but persist with them, give them confidence and play them consistently and they will get better and they will be absolutely awesome in helpful wickets.

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Despite all of this Varun should be persevered with and trained properly. He can become a prime strike bowler for India in the future.

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    With all the money in the world, can't BCCI afford a decent bowling coach? Someone like Mcdarmott might do wonders to the likes of Shami, Umesh, Bhuvi or even Aaron. It's not like India unearth fast bowlers by the dozens, so, the ones they have need proper nurturing and guidance.

  • laxmanrules on February 26, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    As long as he sorts out his line without compromising on pace, he'll be a great asset in Australia come the world cup.

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    What does our bowling coach Mr. Joe Dawes do, if he cannot guide even young fast bowlers. This is what happens when the wealthiest cricket board decides to buy cheap. SA has Alan Donald, Aus has McDermott, NZ has Shane Bond, England has Mustaq Ahmed, Sri Lanka has Vaas and Muralitharan. All renowned in the international circuit. And who do we have, how many tests or ODIs have he played? He played for Queenland and there also was the fourth choice pacer behind Kasprowicz, Andy Bichel and Adam Dale. He cannot help Indian bowlers in pace friendly conditions (SA or NZ) and he has never played in sub-continent to know anything about bowling here. Just a worthless piece as a bowling coach. Cannot we afford someone like Jason Gillespie or Courtney Walsh or Curtly Ambrose or Fannie de Villiers or Heath Streak or Andy Roberts or Michael Holding?

  • Vijay_P_S on February 26, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    It doesn't look like he has a plan or he is totally forgetting what the plan was. There are no senior bowlers like Zak on the field to tell him where to pitch the ball. The other bowlers are also young. Even the captain is young. Who would tell him? The bowling coach hasn't made any difference even with other bowlers. You have to wonder what he has been doing. Aaron needs proper guidance on and off the field.

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    We should also take care of Shami. He's injured yet he's playing. If it continues like this, soon he'll be out of the team for long term.

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    We Should Encourage Him. India May Get A Talent by Him

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    VRV Singh, Munaf Patel, Asish Nehra... when they started their careers they bowled 145+ kph for some time... Now where are they...? Why people are crazy about express fast bowling?... Thats not really needed to win matches... You can be a deadly fast bowler by just bowling around 140 Kph if you have skill to swing the ball and on flat pitches good control on line & length... At the end of the day, bowlers like McGrath, Wasim Akram, Marshall, Steyn will be considered as better bowlers than Bret Lee, Akthar, Tait or even Mitch Johnson...

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    avg. speed in the match of varun is 144 kmph.....that is too much of pace...especially by an indian...surely he needs guidance...his raw pace must combine with the line and lengths which is missing in him at present....someone like mcgrath or wasim akram....might help him...mcgrath who is looking after mrf pace foundation could be appointed as bowling consultant for the team....like aaron; yadav can bowl quick....so correct guidance for these two can produce exprees pace bowlers in our team as well....bcci must be proactive in this case....with the WC in australia a year away....these two along with shami have to be carved out perfectly....

  • zuber21886 on February 26, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    This has been problem for India since long time, and BCCI in no sense is try to resolve that. I don't know what kind of observations they have, what is in their minds. They are enjoying all the goods that Indian batsmen toil to bring, and that completely shadows the mediocre bowling we have. Where are the efforts to nurture fast bowlers, where are the infrastructure to lookout for bowling talents. BCCI, solve the problems of bowling which the nation is facing first, and then try to boss around by demanding extra powers.

  • Arijit_in_TO on February 26, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    So, India has the dumbest bowlers in international cricket? Seriously, there are as many incarnations of fast bowlers as there are ways of bowling fast: it is necessary to be fast and furious. Lillee, Tyson, Trueman, Marshall, Holding, Ambrose, Younis, Akram --all these all time greats (and more) had different styles of bowling fast but all had the intelligence to strategize the downfall of opposing batsmen through a combination of intimidation, guile, swing, seam and pace. In every walk of life, in every profession, one needs to do the little things right in order to be effective. It isn't raw ability alone that paves the way for success.

  • viru-319-219 on February 26, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Only thing Indian bowlers need is proper guidance and a quality bowling coach can provide that. All of the Indian bowlers Shami,Aaron,Umesh,Bhuvi,Mohit,Pandey are relatively young and haven't played much cricket to learn on their own. They are raw and need to be shaped for India to have a potent bowling attack.

    I really wonder what coaching staff is doing with Ishant. I have been hearing from past 12 months TV commentators saying his wrist is not behind the ball and that's the reason for his loss of pace and control. Coaching staff is responsible to correct it and if he is not willing to make changes drop him (this is not the case because from what I have heard Ishant works hard).

    BCCI should find a pool of future fast bowling prospects every year and should make arrangements for special coaching at NCA for these bowlers. Everything including their diet should be taken care of and McGrath at NCA for me is a very good teacher for young bowlers. Talent should be moulded not wasted :)

  • HopefulIndianCricFan2 on February 26, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    It such a stupidity to comment on Varun when he was not used properly on Bouncy & pacy pitches and asking him to bowl on flat tracks.

    Give him sometime.

  • crazytaurean on February 26, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Virat saved the day for the Indians and made it a no contest with help from Rahane. I wish Varun Aaron was tested more in New Zealand where he would have proved more effective. I hope he doesnt fall by the wayside due to his waywardness and doesnt end up like say Shaun Tait.

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Hail Aaron-he needs some guidance but let us not turn him to into another Kumar or sharma.

  • Temuzin on February 26, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Varun needs to be helped by bowling coach. He is fast but not accurate. He should cut down his speed by 3-4 km but work on line and length. Once he learns to bowl on accurate line and on length. He will become an asset.

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  • Temuzin on February 26, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Varun needs to be helped by bowling coach. He is fast but not accurate. He should cut down his speed by 3-4 km but work on line and length. Once he learns to bowl on accurate line and on length. He will become an asset.

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Hail Aaron-he needs some guidance but let us not turn him to into another Kumar or sharma.

  • crazytaurean on February 26, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Virat saved the day for the Indians and made it a no contest with help from Rahane. I wish Varun Aaron was tested more in New Zealand where he would have proved more effective. I hope he doesnt fall by the wayside due to his waywardness and doesnt end up like say Shaun Tait.

  • HopefulIndianCricFan2 on February 26, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    It such a stupidity to comment on Varun when he was not used properly on Bouncy & pacy pitches and asking him to bowl on flat tracks.

    Give him sometime.

  • viru-319-219 on February 26, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Only thing Indian bowlers need is proper guidance and a quality bowling coach can provide that. All of the Indian bowlers Shami,Aaron,Umesh,Bhuvi,Mohit,Pandey are relatively young and haven't played much cricket to learn on their own. They are raw and need to be shaped for India to have a potent bowling attack.

    I really wonder what coaching staff is doing with Ishant. I have been hearing from past 12 months TV commentators saying his wrist is not behind the ball and that's the reason for his loss of pace and control. Coaching staff is responsible to correct it and if he is not willing to make changes drop him (this is not the case because from what I have heard Ishant works hard).

    BCCI should find a pool of future fast bowling prospects every year and should make arrangements for special coaching at NCA for these bowlers. Everything including their diet should be taken care of and McGrath at NCA for me is a very good teacher for young bowlers. Talent should be moulded not wasted :)

  • Arijit_in_TO on February 26, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    So, India has the dumbest bowlers in international cricket? Seriously, there are as many incarnations of fast bowlers as there are ways of bowling fast: it is necessary to be fast and furious. Lillee, Tyson, Trueman, Marshall, Holding, Ambrose, Younis, Akram --all these all time greats (and more) had different styles of bowling fast but all had the intelligence to strategize the downfall of opposing batsmen through a combination of intimidation, guile, swing, seam and pace. In every walk of life, in every profession, one needs to do the little things right in order to be effective. It isn't raw ability alone that paves the way for success.

  • zuber21886 on February 26, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    This has been problem for India since long time, and BCCI in no sense is try to resolve that. I don't know what kind of observations they have, what is in their minds. They are enjoying all the goods that Indian batsmen toil to bring, and that completely shadows the mediocre bowling we have. Where are the efforts to nurture fast bowlers, where are the infrastructure to lookout for bowling talents. BCCI, solve the problems of bowling which the nation is facing first, and then try to boss around by demanding extra powers.

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    avg. speed in the match of varun is 144 kmph.....that is too much of pace...especially by an indian...surely he needs guidance...his raw pace must combine with the line and lengths which is missing in him at present....someone like mcgrath or wasim akram....might help him...mcgrath who is looking after mrf pace foundation could be appointed as bowling consultant for the team....like aaron; yadav can bowl quick....so correct guidance for these two can produce exprees pace bowlers in our team as well....bcci must be proactive in this case....with the WC in australia a year away....these two along with shami have to be carved out perfectly....

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    VRV Singh, Munaf Patel, Asish Nehra... when they started their careers they bowled 145+ kph for some time... Now where are they...? Why people are crazy about express fast bowling?... Thats not really needed to win matches... You can be a deadly fast bowler by just bowling around 140 Kph if you have skill to swing the ball and on flat pitches good control on line & length... At the end of the day, bowlers like McGrath, Wasim Akram, Marshall, Steyn will be considered as better bowlers than Bret Lee, Akthar, Tait or even Mitch Johnson...

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    We Should Encourage Him. India May Get A Talent by Him