Former Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun has said that the bowling conditions in South Africa will aid a current lot of bowlers in the upcoming Test series. India have the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav to exploit the conditions.
Talking to Boria Majumdar on “Backstage With Boria” Bharat Arun gave a few suggestions on how to bowl in the given conditions in South Africa. He started by saying that the Indian bowlers should bowl on a consistent line and length and be very mean on giving runs.
“I would still go for them (Indian bowlers) being very accurate. All the time, I tell the bowlers to work for excellence. It’s not chasing wickets, it’s not going after anything. It is just the thought of being very very mean – not giving the batters anything.”
He further said that the Indian bowlers should not try too much on getting wickets by compromising on line and length. Restricting runs from the oppositions is another thing they should keep in mind.
“There are two ways to put pressure on a team. One is to get wickets and the other way is to curtail the flow of runs. If you are not able to get wickets, you need to curtail runs so that the opponents don’t run away from you. They are where they are. And, the minute you get a couple of wickets, you are on top of the game. This is going to be the mantra and this is what, I think, they should be following.”
During the interaction, Arun also asserted that India’s bowlers should do well in South Africa having experienced success in England and Australia recently.
Need To Curtail The Runs: Bharat Arun
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“Our bowlers have the confidence of having done well in all conditions and, more recently, in England, which is more or less similar to the conditions that you can get in South Africa. The weather would be good and the wickets would have more bounce. It’s a mix of England and Australia – South African conditions. Our bowlers have had the experience of doing well in both conditions.”
Bharat Arun was the bowling coach of the Indian team when they toured the Rainbow nation back in 2018. Any Indian side is yet to win a Test series in South Africa. The series starts with the first Test in Centurion from December 26.