Former West Indies tempo bowler and commentator Michael Holding feels he has seen an enormous transformation within the Indian group’s health ranges from the time he used to compete in opposition to India within the 70s and 80s.
“Well, it is a completely completely different period on the subject of Indian cricket. When I performed in opposition to India, in all probability two of the gamers have been match. Now all people on the sphere is match. You see how athletic they’re, how dynamic they’re,” Holding instructed Indian Express on Monday.
The 67-year-old, who took 249 wickets in 60 Tests, mentioned that whereas the ability ranges have been fairly the identical as throughout his time, the transformation now was extra on account of “change of angle” and health.
“The ability degree hasn’t actually modified that a lot however when you have got health, and alter of angle together with ability degree, clearly the cricket can even change.”
Holding additionally attributed the development in Indian cricket to the standard of pitches.
“What has additionally helped Indian cricket is that a whole lot of pitches in India, for home cricket and cricket on the whole, have improved. The ball bounces much more and because it carries, batsmen are capable of cope on abroad pitches.
“In my time, as soon as India left India, that was it. The pitches that they performed in India have been gradual and low and it turned dusty”: he added.
Recalling a dialog with former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar about why the pitches performed gradual and low within the nation throughout their enjoying days, Holding mentioned, “When I did a collection in India in 2014-15 when West Indies got here and the tour was deserted, every time I’d do a pitch report with Sunny Gavaskar, I’d joke and say, ‘Sunny, how come the pitches weren’t like this once we used to play right here?’ Good pitches create good cricketers.”