India vs Australia: Bharat Arun happy with India's show

Although the India vs Australia Test series is in the bag, the Indian team would make a big push for a 3-1 scoreline on Monday, India bowling coach Bharat Arun said.

Kuldeep Yadav after scalping a five-for against Australia in Sydney on Sunday.   -  Getty Images

Although the series is in the bag, the Indian team would make a big push for a 3-1 scoreline on Monday, India bowling coach Bharat Arun said.

The Indian bowling coach observed, “This is the best wicket in the series from a batsman’s point of view. We need more overs to bowl them out and that’s why we enforced the follow-on.”

On the Indian game-plan for the series, he said, “We had a lot of respect for the Australian pace attack but we were more focused on what we could do. We had also come to Australia previously and we knew how the wickets would be in Australia and things like that.”

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Arun added, “We drew upon all those experiences. To be successful in Australia, we need to make sure that we took the cut and pull out of the Australian batsmen’s equation and then focus on our strengths. That’s exactly what we did.”

On left-arm Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling in the Test, Arun said, “Kuldeep always is a very skillful bowler as he has proved it. He has had a very successful stint in one-dayers, probably he is the No 1 bowler in the one-day format.”

Aun elaborated, “He is unique in the sense that very few chinaman bowlers around the world at the moment. Also, he brings googly to the fore. And what makes him even more special is his ability to use the crease..”  

Asked about India playing under lights with pink ball, Arun said, “ I think sometime in future we would definitely be playing pink ball cricket. The fact we didn’t play now was because we had not played with the pink ball. But eventually, yes. That could be the future of (Test) cricket.”

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