Bharat Arun: 'Will field the best team for the second Test'

Arun said that the Indian team is aware that the West Indies will come hard after losing the first Test.

India skipper Virat Kohli looks on during a practice session.   -  Vivek Bendre

India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun said on Wednesday that the best team will be fielded in the park for the second Test against West Indies starting in Hyderabad from October 12.

Arun further said that the Indian team is aware that the West Indies will come hard after losing the first Test, especially with the likely return of two experienced fast bowlers - Jason Holder and Kemar Roach.

Speaking to media, Arun said the management believes that every member of the 16-member squad is good enough to play for the country.

Questioned whether the series against West Indies is the ideal preparation for the forthcoming Australian tour, Arun felt that every Test throws up a player to whom we can look for.

“For instance, look at Prithvi Shaw who was fabulous in the first Test at Rajkot. More than the runs he scored, the composure and the body language he showed are the kind of things we look for from a player,” he said.

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“Definitely, we are delighted with the way the bowlers are doing well consistently at the highest level.  Still, we are constantly looking for improvement in all areas,” the bowling coach said.

On Ajinkha  Rahane, Arun felt that he had been in pretty good shape and his overseas record is one of the best. “He got everything to be a world class player,” he added.

Reflecting his thoughts on  pacer Mohammed Siraj, whom he groomed when he was with the Hyderabad Ranji team, Arun said that the Hyderabadi is a very quick learner which is reflected in his performances with the India-A team in the recent past.

“And, with experience he will be still a much better bowler. It is unfortunate that pacer Umesh Yadav didn’t get too many chances in South Africa and England. Essentially we are rotating the bowlers and Umesh will be a part of this process,” he said.

On K.L. Rahul’s indifferent form, Arun revealed that head coach Ravi Shastri and batting coach Sanjay Bangar have had long good chats with the batsman.

“For me, Rahul is a fantastic player and should be persisted with,” he concluded.

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