India v West Indies, 3rd Test, Mumbai, 1st day November 22, 2011

Aaron shows promise despite tough initiation

S Aga
Varun Aaron may have had a tough first day of Test cricket, but his pace and other attributes could serve him well in more helpful conditions
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Varun Aaron has been recognised for his sheer pace, something he accepts as a "compliment". In his first day of Test cricket, one of the fastest bowlers in India called it a tough day at the office, stopping short of saying that the Wankhede pitch was not as seamer-friendly as predicted.

Aaron had replaced Umesh Yadav, the highest wicket-taker in Kolkata Test in the second Test that helped India seal the series. At the outset of that match, Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of selectors, indicated that if India won the series at Eden Gardens they could think of blooding new faces like Aaron.

Aaron was already a familiar face in the Indian dressing room, having toured with the ODI squad in England. He had worked with the Indian bowling coach Eric Simons, who is part of the Delhi Daredevils coaching staff, the IPL team Aaron represents. Incidentally, Aaron made his ODI debut at the Wankhede last month against England and impressed with three wickets.

By his own admission, Aaron was a little anxious to begin with today. Adrian Barath crashed Aaron's second delivery to the cover boundary. Over the rest of the day, across four spells with the old and new balls, Aaron toiled hard to make an impression. Did he make one?

If you measured in terms of wickets, his slate today was clean. Was there a striking image of an aggressive fast bowler who rattled the batsmen? No. Apart from a few deliveries, bowled intermittently, Aaron did not actually create a feeling of awe. Still, there is something about Aaron, a lean, muscular man of 22, who looks a shade of the young Malcolm Marshall, although his favourite bowler is Andy Roberts, in his unkempt cropping of facial hair that just about passes off as a beard. And just like those Caribbean legends, Aaron can bowl 140-plus kph consistently.

A month ago, he cleaned up the England tail in an ODI to restrict the visitors to a small total. In the longer form, it is all about endurance. The challenge for the fast bowlers on both sides in this series has been the slowness and the flatness of the pitches. No fast bowler, except Yadav, has found it easy to get an upperhand on the batsmen.

Today was no different. The pitch had good bounce, yet it was pretty slow as Aaron's first delivery, 135kph, failed to carry to MS Dhoni. The slowness only allowed the Windies top order to play their strokes at leisure. Barath even charged Aaron a few times, comfortable in his mind about the ball not breaching his defence. Yet, India's new-ball pair, used the crease and managed to create some movement.

With Aaron's ability to bowl at peak speeds, reverse swing could have been handy weapon. But according to Aaron, the pitch is yet to break, thereby not allowing the ball to be roughed up - essential to create the drag responsible for reverse swing. The lack of breeze and the disappearance of moisture early on in the morning meant that both Ishant Sharma and Aaron could not induce any swing.

These are the impediments bowlers in India have been forced to deal with. It is especially demanding on the likes of Ishant, Yadav and Aaron, who are at various stages of graduation in international cricket. Aaron and Yadav are clearly far from being finished products. Aaron struggled today when he slipped the new ball a few times down the leg side in addition to bowling innocuous deliveries angled away from the right-handers.

"The first ball got out of shape and it was not really good," Aaron said of his first spell in Test cricket. "It (the first ball) was just coming on to the bat really easily." The lack of swing only added to his woes. "May be the odd ball would get beaten but it would not happen regularly," Aaron said, sounding helpless.

It is too early to judge or write off Aaron. India's fast bowling roster is no enviable bunch like in the case of England, South Africa and even Australia. Yet, steadily with the emergence of Yadav and Aaron along with Ishant, there is promise. Put them alongside the experienced Zaheer Khan, and the cunning Praveen Kumar, the Indian bowling looks enterprising.

For the moment Aaron is not bothered about what is to come. Asked about the one thing he took away from the first day in Test cricket, Aaron replied: "Work really hard in Test cricket and each spell has to be at the same intensity."

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  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 23, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    @eliya abbas: But sadly he couldn't anymore ;)

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 23, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    @alexk400: 135km/hr? Man If you have watched the whole match, his average speed is 140km/hr. Moreover if he is bowling at average 140km/hr on this track and highest 146, surely he will touch 150km on fast tracks of australia and can easily average 145.Anyways he do pick up 3 wickets to shut the mouth of some crickets. Sreesanth? How many more opportunities he should get?

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 23, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    @Eliya Abbas...and thats why Amir in new 'heights' lol. do not forgot that this guy playing in flat indian wickets where fast bowlers can't do anything.

  • Anvith21 on November 23, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    One Day Team: ------------- 1.Sehwag, 2.Gambhir, 3.Kohli, 4.Rohit, 5.Raina, 6.Yuvraj, 7.Dhoni, 8. Jadeja 9.Ashwin, 10.Praveen, 11.Umesh, 12.Ishanth, 13.Vinay, 14.Rahane, 15.Rahul

    Test Team: ---------- 1.Sehwag, 2.Gambhir, 3.Dravid, 4.Tendulkar, 5.Laxman, 6.Dhoni, 7. Ashwin, 8.Zaheer, 9.Ishanth, 10.Umesh, 11.Ohja, 12.Rahane, 13. Kohli, 14. Rohit, 15.Rahul

    Standbys: --------- Pujara, Manoj, Varun and Parthiv

  • diteras on November 23, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    these ''new''fast bowlers are very Duncan Fletcher. The thing that Indian fans will now have to come to terms with is the conditioning of them. They don't grow up overnight and they done work everyone. Most of us the world over have marveled at the (Indian) failure to unearth bowlers of pace. Obviously you've been looking in the wrong places. Just one word of caution here - don't get to hung up on speed guns - as Sharma seems to have done - better to bowl well at your natural pace, within your skills, than go for runs and spend half your career in traction.

  • on November 23, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    lol... After one hundred and forty nine other mediocre bowlers, even this man is already being hyped up! Bowling @ 145 km/h is no big deal unless you have the control, bounce, accuracy and intelligence. Even Amir could bowl quicker than that at the age of 17!

  • chilled_avenger on November 23, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    @SSportsfanatic1972 While I too am against giving Ishant a place in Indian team,but I don't want Sreesanth to be in the team either! In the last 2 years,Sreesanth has played 11 tests and taken 29 wickets at an avg. of 50.27 and a high economy rate of 4.02! This record is not impressive at all! Ishant too hasn't performed in the last 2-3 years except for against WI and Bangladesh! Ishant fared badly in helping conditions of NZ,SA and Eng and his performances in the Sub-Continent were nothing to write home about! I'd rather have a bowling attack of Praveen Kumar,Umesh Yadav,Varun Aaron & Ashwin since Zaheer is only gonna play a couple of Tests and ODIs(Not to mention a full IPL) before he faces a breakdown.

  • on November 23, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Get Abu Neschim Ahmed from Assam.. He have good pace that peaks beyond 145kmph... Have a good yorker,outswing and bowls the in-deeper at times... Plays for Mumbai Indians in IP and did fine there.L..BCCI should spot, give incentives and good attention to bowlers who are willing to bowl quick and groom them with other tricks... SPEED IS MUST right now for Indian Pace attack.

  • on November 23, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Ishant,Zaheer(if fit) and Yadav to bowl in Australia in helpful conditions with Ashwin as lone spinner. What do you say guys?

  • sportsfanatic1972 on November 23, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    One question, people still praises Ishant Sharma for the one over he bowled to Ricky Ponting. Apart from that what special he has done. Look at his average. He has played more test than Sreesanth and not single handily one test matches apart from one match in Westindies Sreesanth has one many matches single handily be it test or one day.India was crowned T20 champions because of his bowling against Aussies(who that time was at the peak of their game) in the semifinal. People start analyzing Varun Aaron after just one innings. Along with him there was Ishant partnering him, what special did he do ?. I think it is time to drop Ishant. Sorry for Ishant Sharma's fans and supporters. I think the core of fast bowling should be Zaheer, Umesh Yadav, Sreesanth and Varun Aaron.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 23, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    @eliya abbas: But sadly he couldn't anymore ;)

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 23, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    @alexk400: 135km/hr? Man If you have watched the whole match, his average speed is 140km/hr. Moreover if he is bowling at average 140km/hr on this track and highest 146, surely he will touch 150km on fast tracks of australia and can easily average 145.Anyways he do pick up 3 wickets to shut the mouth of some crickets. Sreesanth? How many more opportunities he should get?

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 23, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    @Eliya Abbas...and thats why Amir in new 'heights' lol. do not forgot that this guy playing in flat indian wickets where fast bowlers can't do anything.

  • Anvith21 on November 23, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    One Day Team: ------------- 1.Sehwag, 2.Gambhir, 3.Kohli, 4.Rohit, 5.Raina, 6.Yuvraj, 7.Dhoni, 8. Jadeja 9.Ashwin, 10.Praveen, 11.Umesh, 12.Ishanth, 13.Vinay, 14.Rahane, 15.Rahul

    Test Team: ---------- 1.Sehwag, 2.Gambhir, 3.Dravid, 4.Tendulkar, 5.Laxman, 6.Dhoni, 7. Ashwin, 8.Zaheer, 9.Ishanth, 10.Umesh, 11.Ohja, 12.Rahane, 13. Kohli, 14. Rohit, 15.Rahul

    Standbys: --------- Pujara, Manoj, Varun and Parthiv

  • diteras on November 23, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    these ''new''fast bowlers are very Duncan Fletcher. The thing that Indian fans will now have to come to terms with is the conditioning of them. They don't grow up overnight and they done work everyone. Most of us the world over have marveled at the (Indian) failure to unearth bowlers of pace. Obviously you've been looking in the wrong places. Just one word of caution here - don't get to hung up on speed guns - as Sharma seems to have done - better to bowl well at your natural pace, within your skills, than go for runs and spend half your career in traction.

  • on November 23, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    lol... After one hundred and forty nine other mediocre bowlers, even this man is already being hyped up! Bowling @ 145 km/h is no big deal unless you have the control, bounce, accuracy and intelligence. Even Amir could bowl quicker than that at the age of 17!

  • chilled_avenger on November 23, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    @SSportsfanatic1972 While I too am against giving Ishant a place in Indian team,but I don't want Sreesanth to be in the team either! In the last 2 years,Sreesanth has played 11 tests and taken 29 wickets at an avg. of 50.27 and a high economy rate of 4.02! This record is not impressive at all! Ishant too hasn't performed in the last 2-3 years except for against WI and Bangladesh! Ishant fared badly in helping conditions of NZ,SA and Eng and his performances in the Sub-Continent were nothing to write home about! I'd rather have a bowling attack of Praveen Kumar,Umesh Yadav,Varun Aaron & Ashwin since Zaheer is only gonna play a couple of Tests and ODIs(Not to mention a full IPL) before he faces a breakdown.

  • on November 23, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Get Abu Neschim Ahmed from Assam.. He have good pace that peaks beyond 145kmph... Have a good yorker,outswing and bowls the in-deeper at times... Plays for Mumbai Indians in IP and did fine there.L..BCCI should spot, give incentives and good attention to bowlers who are willing to bowl quick and groom them with other tricks... SPEED IS MUST right now for Indian Pace attack.

  • on November 23, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Ishant,Zaheer(if fit) and Yadav to bowl in Australia in helpful conditions with Ashwin as lone spinner. What do you say guys?

  • sportsfanatic1972 on November 23, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    One question, people still praises Ishant Sharma for the one over he bowled to Ricky Ponting. Apart from that what special he has done. Look at his average. He has played more test than Sreesanth and not single handily one test matches apart from one match in Westindies Sreesanth has one many matches single handily be it test or one day.India was crowned T20 champions because of his bowling against Aussies(who that time was at the peak of their game) in the semifinal. People start analyzing Varun Aaron after just one innings. Along with him there was Ishant partnering him, what special did he do ?. I think it is time to drop Ishant. Sorry for Ishant Sharma's fans and supporters. I think the core of fast bowling should be Zaheer, Umesh Yadav, Sreesanth and Varun Aaron.

  • on November 23, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Reminds me of Munaf Patel, Nehra, Ishant etc. can bowl 140+, gets compared to McGrath and who else etc. bowls well in couple of matches and then fizzzzzzz. Heard too many of them to believe this is any different. Let's wait and watch rather than talking about how great a bowler he already is. Here the pitch is the villain. They way I think, if Ishant can get a wicket on this surface then future for Aaron is very bleak. Its good to have a fast bowler and great to have a fast bowler take wickets, but its no good to have a fast bowler who can't take as many wickets as Ishant (viz. a bowler struggling to regain form).

  • Ramesh_Joseph on November 23, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Varun definitely should go to Australia. Selectors should also keep an eye on Abu Nechim who can bowl consistently at 140+. Another player is Bengal's Shami Ahmed. Unfortunately he is not even in the Ranji squad as a regular even though he can bowl at 140+. I think Shami should try to play for some other team where he is sure to be in the squad. There is also Rahul Shukla from Jharkand who can bowl at 140+. Of the rest, Sudeep Tyagi used to bowl at 140+ now seems to have been reduced to the 130s. Yo Mahesh of Tamilnadu also seems to have lost his pace from his Under 19 days when he was bowling at 135+. One would have expected him to increase his pace subsequently. Are there any other youngsters bowling at 140+? I would be glad to have your opinions.

  • JustIPL on November 23, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    May be again someone not coming upto expectations created during IPL. He could not get required support from Ishant who has become a useless commodity. Umesh and Varun could be more potent attack. Windies had shown in the last test that they can easily negotiate Indian attack despite that someone underestimated them out there and poor Varun is sacrificed.

  • usernames on November 23, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    India should, ideally, have a pool of 6-7 fast bowlers who can be rotated around. Zaheer, Ishant, Yadav, Aaron, Praveen, Abu Nechim, etc can be groomed. If you have the speed, you can learn other things as you go. However, if you bowl in the low 120s, you're not going to trouble anyone. Munaf, for example, is more a liability than an asset to the team.

    Aaron has bowled some 15 odd overs. It's too early to even judge him. Let him play 10 or so tests, and perhaps some tests in Australia and then judge how he's done. First day of the first test match isn't good enough. Zaheer on his debut innings got only two wickets and that was against Bangladesh. We need to give our youngsters a bit of time.

    If Sreesanth, RP Singh et al have played 25-30 tests and done nothing, why not Varun Aaron etc? At least he has more potential and more tenacity than some of our bowling greats.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 23, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    These are some great pace bowlers with repeatable action for every ball they bowl: Whispering Death, Big Bird, Marshall, Roberts, Akram, White Lightening. Interestingly, these same bowlers with silk smooth repeatable actions never had career threatening injuries attributed to their bowling actions. Dennis Lillee and Shane Bond don't figure in my list for the same reason. Their actions were not only mechanically horrible but also not repeatable consistently. I'm worried if training under the hyped Dennis Lillee is adversely effecting the Indian Pacers!

  • sweetspot on November 23, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    More than what Umesh and Varun can do, I'm impressed by what they have made sure some other pretenders cannot do anymore - play for India. Stop complaining about pace - even the most experienced pace duo in the world, Steyn and Morkel were busy bowling in the mid 130s for most of the last test vs Australia. If anything, Varun Aaron has consistently bowled faster than this. In slightly helpful conditions, a bit of extra pace can look menacing. In good batting conditions, any bowler can get hammered. Varun Aaron is not getting hammered, so accept that he has promise, just like Umesh Yadav.

  • Alexk400 on November 23, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    we need a bowler who is already bowling consistent 145. He is consitent 135 slower than sreesanth. Sreesanth would have been in the team if not his mental issue. Varun arun is not fast enough and he has no swing , no surprise. So vanilla.

  • g.narsimha on November 23, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    ALEXK400,VARON IS playing his first match & VAST MAJORITY including critics impressed with his boling ,if you cant apriciat a debutants efforts on unfriendly pitch need not demean his talent on the basis of just one days play ,you need not worry about INDIAN cricket ,you better concentrat on your favourate team of which you were talking very highly on 2 unknown bolers on this vary site,my blessing are with you to full fill your dream of having 150+boler for your loving team ,for INDIAN cricket we are more than enough to take care of our team .

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 23, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    guys , relax...give him some time to learn the lessons!

  • gammy_79 on November 23, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    Dear Nikhilshahb

    Please dont say about lobby ,pace up to 140km/Hr doesnt matter for team like australia and SA ,they play well ,matter is the length and swing which only can trouble australia team.I Still consider PK is the best tool for australia and best bowler after zaheer

  • rakeshkanuri on November 23, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    shami ahmed(west bengal) is also a good prospect. He's bowling at good speed(around 140) and can swing the ball and he's young.

  • jimbond on November 23, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    Did this article tell anything new. All it says is Aaron can bowl fast (which most people knew), and he didnt take too many wickets on the first day (we can see, the windies are only two down). And though the pitch apparently had bounce, Aaron didnt get much of it, and though reverse could have been useful, he never got the ball to reverse- and that he still has promise? Mr Aga, we all know that he is a young bowler and needs to be tested out in a few matches (or wait till he does something extraordinarily good or bad) before we approve of him, or discard him. What is required of cricket writers is to have patience to wait for things to happen before writing about figments of their own imagination.

  • on November 22, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    lol im not even going to read other comments sorry guys even every ones fav yadav was really poor in his debut inningsh eo ny picked his first wicket in 2nd innings nad got better in 2nd test! this guy if anything has more potential to improve he looks like some one with more control i saw this match.on dead track he looked more threatning then ishtan well now we know itsn o secret ishtan jsut does not looks like wicket taker :(

  • MasterClass on November 22, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    When playing at home, India should use a 6+5 team composition: 6 batsmen, 3 pace & 2 spin. Having the 3rd pacer would help with the work-load (in flat conditions) and in creatively rotating the pace bowlers. If India need a 7th batsman while playing at home they should be ashamed of themselves! Better to have an attack capable of taking wickets (which would automatically restrict the score thereby eliminating the need for a 7th batsman). Overseas India should use a 7+4 team composition: 7 batsmen, 3 pace & 1 spin (or 2 pace, & 2 spin) unless playing in SL or possibly Pakistan. For god sake at least try this out with lesser teams like WI or NZ!!

  • MasterClass on November 22, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    Aaron showed he was willing to work hard. There were quite a few rippers that beat the batsman for pace and bounce. With his ability for speed and willingness to work hard he will develop as a strike bowler. He seems to have the body structure and mechanics to allow him to not break-down (lean, sinewy, non-jerking bowling action). He should take his queues from Steyn. Secondly and MOST important is that the wicket-taking ability of fast bowlers is directly dependent on tight fielding, particularly when the conditions are flat. Indian teams of the past could not apply pressure by choking runs by tight fielding. The new Indian team MUST do this because Indian pitches are flat and it does not look likely to change any time soon.

  • vparisa on November 22, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    @AlexK400, Thats very critical . He bowled 140 quite regularly and over number 73 was probably the fastest where he clocked 145. He is fast, i have seen him bowl 150 in Ranji matches.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 22, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    @coolcat, get some coffee. ;)

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 22, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    For pacers to have a consistent speed their bowling action should be repeatable. This is the rule of thumb. Varun doesn't have a repeatable action. That's the main reason we see him bowling between 133 and 145. In contrast Yadav's action seems much smoother, more repeatable and consistent, which reflect in his closely spaced speeds fo each delivery. The less said about Ishant and his wobbling seam, the better.

  • RiverSharks on November 22, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    @coolcat... Oh yes, he did! Varun Aaron cleaned up the tail. He took 3 wickets, that of Borthwick, Meaker and Bresnan in 3 consecutive overs! It was the fourth ODI v/s England.... ha... If journalists should stick to the facts, what should we do first? Blame and Learn OR Learn and Blame...

  • jango_moh on November 22, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    @coolcat, get ur facts straight before deriding the columnist bro.... aron did get 3 wickets in an ODI..... i.e 4th odi against eng.... he got only 1 in the next one..... nyhow, good to see a young fast bowler from india.... we need more of such talent....

  • nikhilshahb on November 22, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Just like Umesh Yadav in the first Test, the line-n-length lobby will be after him. The biggest leader of this lobby is MS Dhoni, who tried to give Umesh 1-2 over spells in the first 2 Tests just to get Praveen on the Australian tour. Hopefully Varun will pick up a few wickets in the Test match. His quickest was about 91.4 mph hawk eye registered, and shoud hit 93 mph on the Australian pitches. Anyway, PK is a short term solution and Sreesanth is more longer term in Test matches, but for the Australian it will be, Zaheer, Ishant, Yadav, Praveen and Varun. Sreesanth may miss this. They also have to include Harbhajan, along with Ashwin and Ohja.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 22, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    @coolcat: Aaron played 2 matches. In one he cleaned up the tail picking up 3 wickets(all bowled)

  • on November 22, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    @cool cat. Just look at the stats of varun's odi match den u'll come to know wat is fact... He took 3wickets in tat match all 3wickets are bowled!

  • gazelle79 on November 22, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    @coolcat , You are thinking of his second match which was in Kolkota . His debut was in Mumbai and he picked up 3 wickets , Bresnan , Borthwick and Meakley ; all of whom bat in the lower order . Those were the last 3 wickets to fall . He bowled well then . He had just 4 overs in his first spell and was brought on late for his second spell , picking up his wickets within the next 4 overs . Maybe , we should check our facts first before we blame journalists .

  • Alexk400 on November 22, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    I am not sure Varun Aaron got the skill. He puts 100% effort and ball do not even go past 135mark at best. He puts 120% effort he reaches 141kmph. Either he is not strong or he lacks speed. Why do we cann fast bowler who can't even swing? Sreesanth bowl 138kmph and swing the ball. I think india has to find real fast bowler not 135kmph. Varun saying he wants to bowl fast but his fast is not good enough at all in international level. VANILLA bowling. Nothing in his bowling that makes batsman fear. if he bowls 145kmph consistently then probably he can say i want to bowl fast. Someone has to bring him some reality. He is at best a club bowler.

  • ginseng on November 22, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    @coolcat ,varun aaron took 3 wicket in his debut odi match,better u check,before u write

  • on November 22, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    @coolcat. They are referring to the 4th ODI in Mumbai. FYI, Aaron made his ODI debut in that 4th match and took 3 wickets, cleaning up the tail. Its you who needs to stick to facts. Cricinfo publish.

  • on November 22, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Aaron, i seriously think that u have immense potential. we need guys who can bowl really fast. infact,( not taking away from Yadav ), i like you more than him. i still remember the last ODI wicket u took, by clean bowling him with a pitching and seaming away delivery ( infact you cleabowled all of the three wickets) .i just have one request though', please dont drop your pace. we need a fast bowler to inducefear in the opposition batsmen, like shoaib did to indian fans.Munaf did the same under chappel, and i hope you won't repeat it. please try to go faster in speed. ur young and strong with a lot of stamina. please strive to cross the 160kmph mark. All the best dude. i always keep an eye on cricinfo live commentory just to see ur speed.

  • on November 22, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    whatever happens.....aaron and umesh yadav...ur pace should go up instead of the normal indian trend...wickets,line and lengthshould b e secondary...

  • r1m2 on November 22, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Actually he sounds quite mature, I think his attitude will serve him well in Test cricket, and India should definitely keep him in the party to tour places like Australia, England, South Africa and such.

  • Vindaliew on November 22, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    @Thomas - you mean Sreesanth? Srinath was one of the best pacemen India ever had.

  • Aussasinator on November 22, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    he has a lot of promise. he will do very well in Australia. Good for India's future. But India needs a couple of more bowlers like this in the shelf so that they can be rotated for fitness.

  • S.Jagernath on November 22, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    The BCCI should be harsh on groundsman that produce pitches this flat and dead.Eden Gardens & The Wankhede are not meant to be typical Indian pitches.If India are to regain test #1 they must prepare a variety of pitches in India to promote the growth of high quality batsmen for all conditions and high class bowlers,both spin and seam.

  • Ahmed81 on November 22, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    You would find bowlers like aaron in every street of Pakistan. Better not ruin his career with over hype, let him prove himself through a solid performance.

  • on November 22, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    I watched Varun today at Wankhede Stadium, he was very nippy, with one of the ball was 147 KMPH and many of them were 144+, which is welcome sign for Indian Cricket. He will learn and improve as gets more exposure, but he was definitely more impressive than Ishant today. BTW, I didn't notice anyone charging him at all.

  • coolcat on November 22, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    "A month ago, he cleaned up the England tail in an ODI to restrict the visitors to a small total." Varun Aaron got only 1 wicket in his ODI. He didnt cleanup the tail, he cleaned up the opening batsman A Cook to trigger a collapse.

    Journalists should stick to facts.

  • Raman.UV on November 22, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    It was a wrong decision cos Umesh was getting getting breakthoughts with his surprise deliveries, he should have been in the playing IX rather than ishant, hope to see thses two in ODIs as well along with PK. Lets have a good pace bowlers with exp like PK nehra or Munaf along with Zak, rather than going with same kind of bowlers like Vinay or Aravind.... India should stick with these bowlers.

  • zico123 on November 22, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    don't write Aaron off after one day, he has pace and potential, should be given a longer run, may be first in ODIs and then in Test cricket

  • on November 22, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Hopefully this kids will be more grounded than Sreenath....and are fine additions in a threadbare bowling resource India has...say compared to Pakistan..

  • on November 22, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Value of experience can't be underestimated. No amount of domestic cricket can compensate for top level experience. Ishant might not have been where we all Indians hoped he would, after 40 odd tests. But his spell after lunch today had atleast two balls which could have gone his way on a different day and pitch. The challenge is to increase that to 3/4 balls per over. Aaron and Yadav will learn, with time, the smarts of pace bowling in the subcontinent. Sometimes, you just have to operate at 60-70% peak speeds and wait for the ball to scuff off for reverse, or simply keep it on a channel and cut if off the pitch. What's important is that these young guys don't lose their zip after few seasons to concentrate on discipline like Munaf did. Managing workload, and their bodies to keep them operating at peak speeds is the challenge BCCI would have.

  • Percy_Fender on November 22, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Varun Aaron's bowling on the first day of the Test match was certainly impressive even if neither he nor Ishant got a wicket. It is not clear if the wicket had anything in it to help the fast bowlers, but the impression it gave was that it did not.Spin bowling may be more effective on this track. Coming to Varun Aaron's similarity in appearance to the great Malcolm Marshall, I must point out that he took just one wicket in each of his first three Test matches. No one had any idea that this man was going to the greatest fast bowler of all time.And since he like the others in the then West Indies team who were not in the Packer's circuit, no one really thought that Marshall was extraordinary. Like I hope Varun will be, Marshall was like a silent torpedo.In my opinion Varun looked good and strong. Let us hope he gets a few wickets in this game itself. That will boost his confidence. Incidentally,Yadav's father is a coal miner, like Harold Larwood's father was.

  • itsthewayuplay on November 22, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Good luck to you Varun, Umesh and Ishant. Look after fitness and learn as much as you can from Zaheer who has proved that speed is not everything and you can take wickets through skillful bowling. Learn your craft and use your pace wisely and you'll get your rewards. Cricket India please manage these bowlers carefully and continue to look for more upcoming fast wicket-taking bowlers.

  • on November 22, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    t is too early to judge or write off Aaron. India's fast bowling roster is no enviable bunch like in the case of England, South Africa and even Australia…its too early to draw comments but Mr Aga lets not have an inferiority complex visa sa vi england australia and south africa that wouldnt be fair to these talented youngsters would it?

  • on November 22, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    All the best Aaron...................................

  • on November 22, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    i have been waiting for watching this guy performing well in international cricket.I am sure he will be an invaluable asset to indian cricket. i think they should take him to Australia..

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  • on November 22, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    i have been waiting for watching this guy performing well in international cricket.I am sure he will be an invaluable asset to indian cricket. i think they should take him to Australia..

  • on November 22, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    All the best Aaron...................................

  • on November 22, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    t is too early to judge or write off Aaron. India's fast bowling roster is no enviable bunch like in the case of England, South Africa and even Australia…its too early to draw comments but Mr Aga lets not have an inferiority complex visa sa vi england australia and south africa that wouldnt be fair to these talented youngsters would it?

  • itsthewayuplay on November 22, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Good luck to you Varun, Umesh and Ishant. Look after fitness and learn as much as you can from Zaheer who has proved that speed is not everything and you can take wickets through skillful bowling. Learn your craft and use your pace wisely and you'll get your rewards. Cricket India please manage these bowlers carefully and continue to look for more upcoming fast wicket-taking bowlers.

  • Percy_Fender on November 22, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Varun Aaron's bowling on the first day of the Test match was certainly impressive even if neither he nor Ishant got a wicket. It is not clear if the wicket had anything in it to help the fast bowlers, but the impression it gave was that it did not.Spin bowling may be more effective on this track. Coming to Varun Aaron's similarity in appearance to the great Malcolm Marshall, I must point out that he took just one wicket in each of his first three Test matches. No one had any idea that this man was going to the greatest fast bowler of all time.And since he like the others in the then West Indies team who were not in the Packer's circuit, no one really thought that Marshall was extraordinary. Like I hope Varun will be, Marshall was like a silent torpedo.In my opinion Varun looked good and strong. Let us hope he gets a few wickets in this game itself. That will boost his confidence. Incidentally,Yadav's father is a coal miner, like Harold Larwood's father was.

  • on November 22, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Value of experience can't be underestimated. No amount of domestic cricket can compensate for top level experience. Ishant might not have been where we all Indians hoped he would, after 40 odd tests. But his spell after lunch today had atleast two balls which could have gone his way on a different day and pitch. The challenge is to increase that to 3/4 balls per over. Aaron and Yadav will learn, with time, the smarts of pace bowling in the subcontinent. Sometimes, you just have to operate at 60-70% peak speeds and wait for the ball to scuff off for reverse, or simply keep it on a channel and cut if off the pitch. What's important is that these young guys don't lose their zip after few seasons to concentrate on discipline like Munaf did. Managing workload, and their bodies to keep them operating at peak speeds is the challenge BCCI would have.

  • on November 22, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Hopefully this kids will be more grounded than Sreenath....and are fine additions in a threadbare bowling resource India has...say compared to Pakistan..

  • zico123 on November 22, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    don't write Aaron off after one day, he has pace and potential, should be given a longer run, may be first in ODIs and then in Test cricket

  • Raman.UV on November 22, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    It was a wrong decision cos Umesh was getting getting breakthoughts with his surprise deliveries, he should have been in the playing IX rather than ishant, hope to see thses two in ODIs as well along with PK. Lets have a good pace bowlers with exp like PK nehra or Munaf along with Zak, rather than going with same kind of bowlers like Vinay or Aravind.... India should stick with these bowlers.

  • coolcat on November 22, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    "A month ago, he cleaned up the England tail in an ODI to restrict the visitors to a small total." Varun Aaron got only 1 wicket in his ODI. He didnt cleanup the tail, he cleaned up the opening batsman A Cook to trigger a collapse.

    Journalists should stick to facts.