Kumble turns left arm spinner to replicate O’Keefe for Indian batsmen
Steve O’Keefe has appeared as a bolt from the blue for the Indian batting line up in the ongoing series against Australia. While O’Keefe is piling up his tally of wickets, India coach Anil Kumble procreated an atmosphere where his fellows could overcome the fear as well as can pick up some hints to face the Aussie spinner during the rest of the series. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ও’কিফের ভয় ঠেকাতে বাঁহাতি হলেন কুম্বলে]
The legend turned himself lefty in the net sessions to help Cheteshwar Pujara bat against him. Ahead of the third Test which is going to happen from March 16, Pujara said, “As they have a left arm spinner, Anil Bhai was trying to replicate that, coming from corner of creases and angling into the right hander and trying to spin it from there.
“So I was just trying to get used to that angle as well. Anil tried his best even though he is a right arm bowler but he tried bowling left-arm spin and still was decent enough for practice and yes, he beat me. He knew where to bowl, the ball pitched on the rough and I stepped out only to get beaten” – the batsman said.
Steve O’Keefe proved to be unplayable at Pune Test against India capturing a career best match-figure of 12 for 70.