India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun said he is pleased with the way his bowlers have performed over a period of time and stressed on the need to improve with every game.
While the batsmen had faltered in India’s tours of South Africa and England, the bowlers stood up on most occasions, ensuring India kept competing although they ended up losing both series.
“We’re happy with the way the bowlers have performed over a period of time, not just one Test but over a period of time,” Arun said on Wednesday as India prepared for the second Test against Windies in Hyderabad. “We’ll constantly look to improve on what we did earlier.”
Talking about individual bowlers, Arun was full of praise of Mohammed Siraj, saying the uncapped pacer was a very quick learner. Arun also rued the fact that Umesh Yadav, who has become a constant fixture at home matches, did not get much opportunities overseas due to the abundance of pacers. Umesh played only one of the eight Tests in South Africa and England combined.
“It’s unfortunate that Umesh didn’t get to play much in South Africa and England,” Arun said. “The reason you all know that the bowlers who played did exceptionally well. We look at Umesh as someone who is quick, we also have a system where we’re going to rotate the bowlers so that they remain fresh. Umesh will definitely be a part of that and we are extremely confident of what Umesh brings to the table.
"Siraj is a very very quick learner. Even when I was with him during my stint in Hyderabad, he did exceptionally well because he was a very quick learner. With experience he has learnt over the years and his recent performance with India A reflect how quick a learner he is.”
Moving on to the batsmen, Arun said Prithvi Shaw’s century on Test debut in Rajkot was a great sign for the future. He also brushed aside Ajinkya Rahane’s poor form, especially at home, saying the vice-captain had everything in him to succeed overseas.
“Every Test we play throws up players we introduce. Last match Prithvi Shaw… what he did was fabulous,” said Arun. “More than the runs he got, the composure he showed for someone who is playing his first Test, the body language was fantastic. These are things we look at that holds good for the future.
"Rahane is in pretty good shape. If you look at the overseas record, Rahane’s is one of the best. It’s just a matter of going out there and performing, he’s got everything in him to do well at any given point of time.”
Arun was asked what he perceived of KL Rahul, who has a tendency to be bowled or leg before wicket particularly early in his innings. The bowling coach said he wasn’t aware of any technical flaws, but said Rahul was a batsman for the future who must be persisted with.
“Technical weaknesses, I don’t know. Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Bangar have had very good chats with him,” Arun said. “Rahul is a fantastic player, he has got outstanding potential. He’s someone we should persist with. We definitely have a superb batsman for the future for us (in Rahul).”
Arun also said India haven’t decided on their team combination for the second Test starting on October 12 yet. He added that India won’t take Windies lightly, especially with the likely return of Kemar Roach and Jason Holder.
“We’d like to put the best team on the park. We totally believe that anyone in the 16 is good enough to make it,” he said. “We have very healthy respect for the opposition. Yes, with these two (Holder and Roach) coming back, they’ve got more experience. And having lost the previous game, they’ll be coming very hard at us.”