India finds themselves in the driver’s seat in the SCG Test match with Australia 6/0 in their second innings following on. India still leads by 316 runs, after they bowled out the hosts for 300 in the first innings.
The hero of the Indian bowling was left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav who picked up a maiden fifer in Australia- 5/99. India bowling coach Bharat Arun was all praises for the young wrist spinner in the post-match press conference.
“Kuldeep is a very skill full bowler as he has proved it. He has had a very successful stint in ODIs, and probably he is the number one bowler in the one-day format. He is unique in the sense that very few chinaman bowlers around the world at the moment. Also, he brings googly to the fore,” said Arun.
He added, “And what makes him even more special is his ability to use the crease. He can bowl from over and round the wicket, and he can bowl closer to the wicket and also from wide of the crease. That gives him a lot variety. And I think there is a lot to come from that young kid.”
“He didn’t have a great outing in England when he played, but this Test match would give him a lot of confidence. And considering a spinner and his age, I think he has got a lot of cricket left in him,” he said.
Arun also revealed the reason behind going in with two spinners, saying, “Earlier we had played a practice game at Sydney and also the T20 match. So we were quite aware of the conditions that existed and also we felt that if at all we need to play two spinners that would be at Sydney.”
“Yesterday, when Australia was 150-odd for five and also taking into account the weather forecast, we said that we would definitely enforce the follow-on if we get them out pretty sizeably. This is probably one of the best wickets we have played on from the batsmen’s point of view. So, we were aware that to win this game we need that many overs to bowl at. Also the fact that weather was a lot kinder than what it was in the first three days and also the fact it’s a great opportunity for us to make it 3-1 scoreline,” Arun said about the decision to enforce the follow-on.
Arun also talked about Indian bowling line-up, “We do have a lot of respect for their fast-bowling attack and I think they are probably one of the best in the world. But we were more focused on what we could do, and we have also come to Australia previously so we knew how the wickets would be in Australia – very similar to the ones we got in South Africa. We drew upon all those experiences and said that to be successful in Australia, we need to make sure that we took the cut and pull out of the Australian batsmen, and then focus on our strengths. That’s exactly what we did.”
He further added, “When we started off, it was a great opportunity for us in South Africa, and then in England. Though the scoreline in England suggests a totally different viewpoint, I thought we were very close to winning in England. We did make mistakes there, and we thought hard as to where we went wrong.”
“We said that those are the very areas where we would focus as we go forward. You can’t be making the same mistakes again and again. I thought those two tours were a great experience for us and that has helped us immensely to come and well in Australia. As for the tailenders, I would say we were too eager to get them out. So we said ‘let’s bowl to the tail just as we would to the top half’. Those were the mistakes we made and I thought they came in handy here,” he signed off.
(with PTI inputs)