India’s fast bowlers have impressed, even outperformed, during their recent overseas tours to South Africa and England. In Australia, where the pitches are considerably better for run-scoring, India conceded 544 to Cricket Australia XI in the warm-up game. Cheteshwar Pujara and India, though, aren’t too worried.
“The bowlers already had a meeting, and conceding 500 runs in a warm-up game doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “It wasn’t a Test match, so we are not worried about it. Our bowlers know what they have to do. I can’t say what their gameplan is, but they know what line and lengths to bowl in Australia, and most of them have played here in 2014-15. As a bowling unit, we are very confident.”
Quality of pace?
“In the last few years, we have produced some quality fast bowlers and even when it comes to bench strength, even if a couple of our fast bowlers are injured, they will have some back-up. When it comes to fast bowling, this is probably one of the best attacks we have in many years. I am not saying we didn’t have a good fast-bowling attack in the past. I don’t know the reason, it could be the IPL which has helped produce good fast bowlers and is benefiting the Indian Test team at the moment.”
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An ideal warm-up game?
“To be honest, we got what we wanted in the practice game,” Pujara said. “The trainer and physio had been monitoring the workload, so depending on that we thought it is best to take a break and train for the next two days and be fresh for the Test.”
R Ashwin’s repertoire?
“I always say he is a clever bowler and reads the batsmen really well. If you see his recent bowling, he has made a lot of changes – I can’t describe what it is in press conference. He has made some adjustments which have helped him and he has also played some county cricket and played enough cricket in England which are different conditions, overseas, and obviously there’s not much help for the spinner. When he is playing in Australia he knows what to do and he has also played here in 2014-15. He is very confident now and whatever adjustments he has to make he has already done it.”