Young Australia A paceman Jhye Richardson was the only star from the Kangaroos who was able to explore his shine in their five-wicket defeat in the Quadrangular Series opener against India A at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday (23 August)
The 21-year-old, whose key weapon has been his impressive pace, finished with 3-21, but could not prevent Australia from the defeat as Ambati Rayudu (62*) and Krunal Pandya (49) stiched a 109-run stand for the fifth wicket to make sure India A start the series on a winning note.
Richardson, who is known to generate good pace and is someone who likes to attack from the word go, has revealed his success mantra in India, saying he can't just rely on speed and has to be more patient with his approach in Indian conditions to get success here.
The fast-bowler has risen rapidly through the ranks over the past 12 months, earning Australia Test selection for South Africa tour in February despite having just six first-class matches to his name.
As per reports in cricket.com.au, Richardson said, “I probably felt a little bit rusty with not being able to get on the park as much as we'd have liked. But the first few balls of my spell swung early, which I was really happy with – it means my wrist was in a decent position. It probably wasn't the best I've bowled, but luckily enough I got some rewards.”
The Aussie pacer further added that his success is the result of "sticking to the plans" in India, adding: “Speaking to a lot of the other guys, they often say patience is the key in India. Don't get greedy. Hit the stumps as much as you can and really put pressure on the batsmen.”
Richardson signed off by saying, “Be as patient as possible. I know I've fallen into the trap of just trying to blow batsmen out of the water – and that's just not the case at this level. You can't just bowl fast and get away with it – you have to be really on the spot. Over the last few months, getting the national call-up, that's been the major learning experience for me. That's a key for India – if the wickets are slow and low, then that's the way to get batsmen out, by putting the pressure on and building dot balls.”