PACE PREDATORS ON THE PROWL
The Morning Standard|January 03, 2022
If they execute their plans to perfection, India’s fast bowlers could add Johannesburg to the list of overseas cities where they have won a Test in last one year
SWAROOP SWAMINATHAN

MELBOURNE. Brisbane. London. Centurion.

In the last year and a week, India have won five overseas Tests in four cities. All those wins have been orchestrated by a fast-bowling attack that’s been relentless and in the face of the opposition. Think of India’s pace unit as an apex predator. It lays the trap, waits patiently before ambushing it.

Why they have been so successful — apart from the depth — is the way they pick wickets. Once they smell blood, to keep the predator-prey analogy going, the only thing they leave behind is the rotting carcass. It’s why they pick up wickets in clusters. Here’s an example, or four, to drive home the point. At Melbourne, the hosts went from 124/3 to 155/6 (3/31 in 20 overs).

While a club attack could engineer a collapse against the current England set-up, at Nottingham, the hosts went from 138/3 to 183 (7/45 in 16 overs) in the first innings. At Lord’s, 67/3 became 90/7 (4/23 in 16.3 overs) enroute a famous Test win.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the newspaper

MORE STORIES FROM THE MORNING STANDARDView All

Modi Slams KCR, Praises Yogi & Hails Tamil

PM says Telangana CM is superstitious; despite being a seer, UP CM Yogi Adityanath doesn't believe in such things

2 mins read
The Morning Standard
May 27, 2022

56 Kg Cocaine Worth Crores Seized In Kutch

The officials suspect of having more such containers.

1 min read
The Morning Standard
May 27, 2022

Compete With China To Keep World Order, Says US State Secy Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on Thursday for vigorous competition with China to preserve the existing global order but said the United States did not seek a "Cold War."

1 min read
The Morning Standard
May 27, 2022

Rajat put his marriage on hold after late call from Bangalore

With no major cricketing events scheduled in the country during the Indian Premier League (IPL), Patidar's family wanted to make use of the break he got from cricket and get him married.

2 mins read
The Morning Standard
May 27, 2022

Government to float Eol for IDBI Bank by June-end

Currently, it enjoys certain relaxations being a state-run bank

1 min read
The Morning Standard
May 27, 2022

Police face questions over delay in storming Texas school to stop gunman

LAW enforcement authorities faced questions and criticism Thursday over how much time elapsed before they stormed an Uvalde elementary school classroom and put a stop to the rampage by a gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers.

1 min read
The Morning Standard
May 27, 2022

Fiercest battle rages in east, says Ukraine

4 civilians die in Donetsk shelling, another four in Kharkiv; Moscow accuses West of stopping grain-carrying vessels

2 mins read
The Morning Standard
May 27, 2022

Parts of Srinagar remain shut for 2nd day, police arrest 10 for stone-pelting

FOR the second consecutive day, parts of Srinagar observed shutdown over the life sentence awarded by the NIA court to separatist leader and JKLF chairman Yasin Malik.

1 min read
The Morning Standard
May 27, 2022

'BJP, CONG PLAYING FRIENDLY MATCHES': BJP VETERAN JOINS AAP

JAGMAL Vala, a prominent BJP leader from the religious hub Somnath in Junagadh district joined the Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday. Vala had met Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi a few days ago.

1 min read
The Morning Standard
May 27, 2022

Akhilesh Yadav picks ally Jayant as RS candidate

Javed Ali Khan to be party's third candidate for the upper house

1 min read
The Morning Standard
May 27, 2022
RELATED STORIES

Killer Heat Is Here

The record temperatures ravaging India are a warning of global catastrophes to come

4 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
May 30 - June 06, 2022 (Double Issue)

FOOD FOR Thought

All about food

2 mins read
Reader's Digest US
June 2022

THE TREE OF Life and Fertility

DR. V. RAMAKANTHA shares some insights into the science, history and mythology of the Banyan tree, also known as the Bengal Fig or Indian Fig. The Banyan is one of those mythical trees that has had an important place in the life and history of the people of India since ancient times. It is also home to many species of birds, animals, and epiphytic plants.

7 mins read
Heartfulness eMagazine
May 2022

East Meets West

KALYANI ADUSUMILLI grew up in a minority group in the United States, straddling cultures, learning how to fit in, and later learning how to accept the traditions of her heritage. Today, she is watching her children going through the same process, shifting their cultural identity, as they head toward adulthood in the melting pot of a multicultural society.

4 mins read
Heartfulness eMagazine
May 2022

NILANGANA BANERJEE: 2 series The 'Selves' | The Lullaby

The series Selves aims to artistically represent the psychological conflicts we face when we weigh ourselves based on socially determined of what is ideal and where we stand with the distorted and one-size that fits all defined.

6 mins read
Lens Magazine
April 2022

Why We Are Not Responsible Toward the Environment

DR. ICHAK ADIZES is an expert in change management for organizations. Here he shares some of the reasons why companies are not changing their actions in relation to the environment, even though everyone knows we are facing an environmental crisis. He also offers simple solutions that will bring change.

4 mins read
Heartfulness eMagazine
April 2022

Annadata Suraksha Abhiyaan

A tailor-made insurance initiative to financially secure farmers and growers against farming risks.

2 mins read
Heartfulness eMagazine
April 2022

The FORCE Behind the FORCE

How George Lucas created Hollywood's most beloved franchise

5 mins read
Maxim
May - June 2022

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET STARTED IN MAGNET FISHING

In addition to treasure hunting, magnet fishing has an environmental aspect-it helps to clean up our waterways.

8 mins read
Popular Mechanics
May - June 2022

Sorry, iPhone 6 Plus users, your phone probably can't be repaired anymore

Apple moves two older devices to 'vintage' status.

1 min read
Macworld
April 2022