Indian pacers have come on leaps and bounds over the past couple of years with the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav developing into a formidable attack in overseas conditions.
The India pace attack claimed 19 of the 20 England wickets to fall in Trent Bridge in the visitors’ 203-run win with their excess speeds in comparisons to their English counterparts particularly catching the eye.
Compton believes Fletcher’s role as India coach between 2011 and 2015 deserves major credit for the way the pace attack has shaped up.
“India’s pace attack hasn’t come together all of a sudden. It has taken time and it has happened one by one, as all of these bowlers took their time coming off age,” Compton told the Press Trust of India (PTI).
“India didn’t have so many pacers at once earlier, but now they do. And all (most) of them, at some point have played under Fletcher, so it is a credit to him. This process (of building a pace attack) started long ago and it has come together for India now.”
He added: “The difference from the past is that these bowlers do not compromise on pace. Like James Anderson and Stuart Broad, they retain the ability to move the ball at pace. Pace. That’s the keyword. You have to consider why the likes of Anderson and Stuart Broad have been so successful in their careers.
“They have a thousand wickets between them in Test cricket because they move the ball at pace. And it is no coincidence that both of them started their England careers under Duncan Fletcher.”
Zimbabwe-born Fletcher had enjoyed an eight-year tenure as coach of the England team between 1999 and 2007 before taking charge of the Indian team in 2011. During his team with England, the side recaptured the Ashes from arch-rivals Australia after a gap of 18 years in 2005.
The ICC World Cup Trophy Tour will begin its nine-month journey around the world on Monday from the ICC headquarters in Dubai.
The trophy will travel across five continents, 21 countries and over 60 cities, making it the “most connected Trophy Tour ever”, the ICC said in a release.
The World Cup will be held in England next year with the final at Lord’s on July 14.
During the journey, the World Cup trophy will also make stops at countries not part of the tournament, including Nepal, USA and Germany.
According to the ICC, the trophy tour will begin in the UAE and will then go to Oman, the USA, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. From there, the coveted trophy moves to Nepal, India, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda and Nigeria.
The trophy will then move to Europe, travelling to France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany before arriving in England and Wales on February 19 next year.
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