Ravi Bopara
Ravi Bopara (Getty Images)

England allrounder Ravi Bopara was highly impressed with how Indian pacers performed during their recent tour of England.

Bopara, who has played 13 Tests, 120 ODIs and 38 T20Is, termed the current Indian pace-attack as the best he has seen since he started following cricket.

“ … I was really impressed by India’s pace bowlers,” Bopara was quoted as saying by The Hindu on Monday. “They were brilliant; the best of Indian seamers that I have seen in the 27 years that I have been following cricket. And Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn’t even play.”

India lost the five-Test series against England 1-4 but Bopara felt the visitors played much better cricket than what the scoreline suggests. “India played rather well and it wasn’t a 4-1 series; it was much closer,” he said.

Bopara is in Sharjah to play in the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League (APL). Giving the example of how T20 leagues globally have given rise to a healthy crop of young cricketers, Bopara predicted APL will do the same from Afghanistan cricket.

“This league is very important for Afghanistan’s cricket. This will help them become one of the most challenging teams in cricket, especially in the ODI variety. It has happened everywhere, be it in the IPL, PSL or the Big Bash. So Afghanistan too will find some young superstars,” he said.

Afghanistan have been termed as the dark horses at the next year’s 50-over World Cup in England following their impressive performance at the Asia Cup where they defeated Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The 33-year-old Bopara echoes the view but said Afghanistan might find the conditions a bit difficult. “They could do well in England, too, but they might find the conditions a bit difficult. In the World Cup after that, however, they could be fantastic. They already have some quality players like Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who could walk into most international sides,” he said.