“Sometimes it is seen, someone is bowling at 145 km per hour, someone at 147 km per hour. But at the end of the day bowling analysis is the most important. Whether one is hitting the ball at 135, 145 or 125 kmph, swinging or not, the criteria of skill is considered on the basis of results. The bowling analysis of our pacers was also very good.”
India defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in their first match of the tournament. Their four pacers took 10 wickets of the opponent. Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the man of the match award with 4 wickets. Hardik Pandya took 3 wickets with great bowling. Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan shared the remaining three wickets.
Pakistan’s three pacers could take only two wickets for India. T20 debutante Nasim Shah took both wickets in that match. Shahnawaz Dahani and Haris Rauf remained wicketless.
Dravid did not want to use the word that came to mind while comparing the pace attack of the two teams in the press conference. Again, the appropriate alternative words were in the mind but did not come to the mouth. The situation gave rise to humor, but the former Indian batsman handled it brilliantly.
“I respect their bowling. But I am confident, we also have a very good bowling attack. Which brings results. Maybe our bowling attack… (quickers?) No, I don’t want to use that word, I can’t use that word.”
“I have the word I want to say in my head, but I can’t use it here. …Anyway, what I mean is, (rich?) No, no, not rich, a four-letter word, that starts with an ‘S’…Okay, okay (laughs).”
Finally, a word given by a journalist like Dravida, concludes his answer.
“Our bowling doesn’t look ‘glamorous’, but in terms of delivering results, we have some pacers who can deliver.”