Indian pacers can deliver on any track, says Indian bowling coach

Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun believes that current Indian pace bowlers can excel anywhere irrespective of the tracks.

Indian bowler Mohammed Shami, without cap, celebrates with team members after dismissing South Africa’s Temba Bavuma during the fifth day of the first cricket test match against South Africa in Visakhapatnam, India, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

India are currently hosting a three-match Test series with South Africa. The hosts have started the series well with a huge win at Visakhapatnam and now they are gearing up for the next challenge at Pune.

Ahead of the second Test, Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun addressed the media. Talking about the recent success of Indian fast bowlers in recent times he said, “There is definitely a chance for the pacers on any track provided they have the necessary skills, and our fast bowlers have done extremely well over the last couple of years, abroad and at home.”

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The bowling coach also said that team management doesn’t make any influence on preparing pitches. “We don’t ask for the kind of wickets we get. For us to be the number one team in the world, we’ve got to accept and play on any wicket that’s on offer. Even when we go abroad, we hardly look at the wicket.”

He credited the Indian bowlers for handling reverse swing really well, especially Mohammad Shami who troubled the visitors during second innings at first Test. “Our bowlers are skillful at reverse swing as when they play domestic cricket, wickets generally are flat. The outfield is also not at times great. For a bowler to be successful, he needs to learn how to reverse the ball and that’s where our domestic cricket contributes a lot.”

Further, he appreciated the fightback by South African tail-enders in the second innings after the fall of early wickets. “Also if you look at how Dane Piedt kept ninth-wicket stand and last wicket too… it shows their resistance.

“South Africa batted exceptionally well in the first innings. In the second innings, there was assistance to Shami’s kind of bowling. And then he came up with a magnificent spell,” Arun added.

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