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The Fastest Division In Two Punjabs

How is it that Indian Punjab doesn’t produce quality fast bowlers, while Pakistani Punjab is a virtual nursery of them?

The Fastest Division In Two Punjabs
The Fastest Division In Two Punjabs
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2019-01-18T13:32:41+05:30

It is one mystery that has perhaps never been answered satisfactorily: how is it that Indian Punjab doesn’t produce quality tearaways, while Pakistani Punjab is a virtual nursery of them? “Cricket is very popular in our Punjab, but I think Indian Punjab is more inclined towards regional sports. That’s why we don’t see many fast bowlers coming from there. They need to create a culture by catching str­ong lads and get them into the system,” ex-Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail, 52, tells Outlook.

Sachin Tendulkar feels youngsters in Pakistan have traditionally had great fast bowling role models to emulate while in India has churned out batting greats. Present Punjab coach Rajdeep Kalsi says an overwhelmingly non-vegetarian diet in Pakistan helps produce pacers as they start eating high-protein dishes since childhood. “We, in Indian Punjab, mostly cook vegetarian dishes,” he points out.

Former Punjab captain Bhupinder Singh senior blames it on cricket being largely “restricted to cities” in the Indian...

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