The Indian cricket team is one that continues to produce fine batsmen and spinners, but the fast bowling department is one that isn't exactly considered it's forte. However, its quest for an express fast bowler might have just got a massive boost after Australian pacer Shaun Tait revealed himself to now be an 'Overseas Citizen of India' (OCI).
Tait, who had partnered the likes of Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath back in the days of his prime, shared an image of his OCI card on his official Twitter account, which primarily drew reactions from Indian Twitter accounts. One glance at the comments section in the post, and one could see most users discuss the prospect of him donning the sky blue Indian jersey instead of the canary yellow that he normally is used to.
— Shaun Tait (@shaun_tait32) March 19, 2017
Tait is known to be among the fastest bowlers of all time, and had touched 161.1 kmph during an ODI against England at Lord's back in 2010. He had also touched 160.7 kmph in a T20I against Pakistan at the MCG.
The South Australian pacer, who has appeared in a total of three Tests (two of which were in the famous 2005 Ashes) aside from 35 ODIs and 21 T20Is, married Indian model Mashoom Singha in 2014, someone he is reported to have met during his participation in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2010.
Tait's announcement comes at a time when the cricketing relations between the two countries is said to be frosty at best. Bilateral tournaments between India and Australia are known for the number of flare-ups that tend to take place, and the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy is hardly any different, with the two captains Virat Kohli and Steve Smith at the centre of most debates.
The most talked about among those happened to be the DRS incident in Bengaluru (dubbed 'Cheatgate', 'Reviewgate' among several names), in which Smith had looked towards the Australian dressing room while considering the prospect of using a review after being trapped lbw off Umesh Yadav's bowling. Umpire Nigel Llong and opposition counterpart Kohli objected immediately to it, and the issue subsequently blew up in the press conference that took place thereafter.