Former Windies speedster and their current bowling coach, Corey Collymore is extremely impressed with the way India's two quicks - Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav - have gone about their business in the ongoing Test at Rajkot and feels, that his team and especially its attack, has a lot to learn by watching them.
At the end of Day 1, West Indies were left further in pain by the Indian bowling unit, as they replied with 94/6 at stumps to India's mountain-like 649/9.
Shami and Umesh have got the pace the ball to move off the surface on a very flat pitch at Rajkot and got it reverse at pace. In these kinds of conditions, they are probably the best fast bowling pair in the world.
Collymore reflected on the hopeless situation and said, "From a bowling point of view, I stressed to the bowlers to have a look and see how well the Indians started. That’s something I was talking out, our starts," before adding, "If you look at yesterday (Thursday), we started too wide and too short. Sherman (Lewis) was on his debut and he is a good lad, I saw him in the U-19s and in some of the practice games and he has got a fantastic record. But to me, it’s still going to be 22 yards and the lengths don’t change. You have to be better at doing that going forward if you have to play Test match cricket better."
He further looked back at the performance of the fast bowling unit, which is bereft of Kemar Roach and Jason Holder for this Test, and said, “You have to realise again with two young gentlemen — one making debut (Lewis) and the other playing his second Test match (Keemo Paul) — they found it difficult with conditions, playing first time in India,”
“I think the sub-continent is a hard place for any fast bowler, even with experience. I think that’s the reason the captain had to rotate them a bit more today, to still give them a little bit of a chance. They were still feeling the effects from yesterday,” he added.
On the batting front, Collymore said, “(From) What I saw, it’s not what you want, especially from your top order, chasing 600-plus. These things happen in cricket, but again I hope our guys definitely learn from it. We can see how well the Indians played, they are accustomed to conditions but there’s experience and things we can learn from.”
(Inputs from Hindustan Times)