This will be remembered as a fantastic Test series, says Katich

The remarkable fight back by India after a spectacular start put by Australia made the just concluded Test series between the two countries one the most memorable contests ever, says the former Australian batsman and the current Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich.

Simon Katich said the series should be remembered more for the cricketing contest between the two sides and not for the occasional spats between the players and the Boards.   -  AFP

 

The remarkable fight back by India after a spectacular start put by Australia made the just concluded Test series between the two countries one the most memorable contests ever, says the former Australian batsman and the current Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich.

“India deserves a lot of credit for fighting back after they were handsomely beaten (in the first Test) in Pune. They dug deep and showed why they are number one team in the world,” Katch said after attending the team’s practice here at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.

The former Australian batsman said the series should be remembered more for the cricketing contest between the two sides and not for the occasional spats between the players and the Boards. “Regardless of what happened at different times, I thought it was a fantastic series. Sometimes that happens in Test cricket as emotions get the better of players. It was a fantastic series and will be remembered for that,” Katich said.

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Katich also complimented the fine spirit showed by his compatriots. “Australia played some fantastic cricket. It was nice for a young team to put up a tough fight. It was unfortunate that they fell in the final hurdle but they deserve a lot of credit for putting up the fight in this series,” Katich said.

Talking about his upcoming assignment in the IPL 10, Katich said the team is shaping up well and he would be able to form a better idea about the players after the “team plays some practice matches in the next few days.” Katich was upbeat about the new inclusions in the side this season with the English all-rounder Chris Woakes filling for the absence of Andre Russell. “Woakes has shown some good form for England. He is a different kind of player compared to Russell but he is a wicket taker up-front,” he said. The KKR assistant coach said the home side will have to get into shape soon they will be playing on a home wicket which has been re-laid. With his franchise focusing more on the bowling strength, Katich said the Indian pacer Umesh Jadhav and young left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav will “both have big roles to play.”

Katich hoped that the KKR captain Gautam Gambhir will be able to “adapt” to the conditions. “One has to adapt formats these days when T20 rolls around. It is about slight adjustments, not much to do with techniques but is more about mindsets,” Katich said.