Fast bowling has always been a huge concern for the Indian cricket team. Unlike other countries, the Indian pacers don’t have enough speed to trouble the batters.
The majority of them clock in the region of early 130s kmph. Only a select few can be categorised as tearaway fast bowlers, who can deliver in excess of mid 140s kmph day in and day out.
To all #IPL franchises: if you want a fast-bowling all-rounder, Auqib Nabi from J&K is the best you could get! He swings the new ball, can hit the deck hard, and bowl those cutters, bouncers and yorkers! And with the bat, he can hit a long ball! Here’s a glimpse of him ⤵️#IPL2023 pic.twitter.com/aFk8BGStxT
— Mohsin Kamal (@64MohsinKamal) November 15, 2022
Recently, a video of J&K all-rounder Auqib Nabi went viral on social media, where he could be seen swinging and tonking the ball.
Now, the same journalist Mohsin Kamal, who had shared that video, has posted another video on his Twitter handle which showed a fast bowler terrorising batters with his raw speed and bounce in domestic cricket.
Next 150kmph from Kashmir!
Are there more Umran Maliks in J&K? Yes, this is Waseem Bashir, a 22-year-old pacer from Kashmir, who probably bowls over 145kmph (could even be 150kmph+)!
He is a part of the J&K U-25 team and has been scaring batters with pace! #IPL teams take note pic.twitter.com/0ijkDt21xh
— Mohsin Kamal (@64MohsinKamal) November 17, 2022
According to the journo, his name is Waseem Bashir and he hails from Pahalgam village in Kashmir and is 22 years old. In the video, one could see Bashir scaring off the batters with his well-directed bouncers.
Despite bowling with a relatively short run-up, the youngster can generate a good amount of pace. The journalist claims that the speedster clocks over 145 kmph on a regular basis and it even touches 150-plus but he was not sure.
Given India desperately needs fast bowlers like this, the fans went mad as they saw the video on the micro-blogging site. Given the rarity of a talent like him, people urged their respective IPL franchises to make him a part of their squad and groom him for the future.
Here are some of the comments:
Who says we don’t have pacers . Look at this new umran Malik in making . https://t.co/3abjzettWd
— Rahul bathla (@bathlarahul88) November 18, 2022
Perfect copy of Sir Courtney Walsh. Will post their comparison between loading, release points, pace , lengths. Thodi aur footage mil jaye bad. https://t.co/hyqZsOpH8B
— Shivam Charaya (@nathanleamonfan) November 18, 2022
— Vikram (@Vikram98251310) November 17, 2022
According to an article published on Odisha TV, he is already on the radar of IPL teams. He was even called up for trials by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) but things didn’t work out.
From seam and swing to line and lengths, these things can be taught but the raw pace is something which is natural. Bashir is a gifted fast bowler, it’s up to the cricket authorities to ensure that he gets the proper training and guidance required to become a complete bowler.