Team India bowling coach Bharat Arun has expressed happiness with the performance of India's bowlers in the first Test against England, while refusing to comment on the possibility of fielding two spinners in the second Test at Lord's.
“We'll take a call tomorrow [on playing two spinners] after taking a look at the wicket but our bowlers have done extremely well in the last game. There was huge improvement from the first innings to the second and that was extremely welcome. So we really need to look at any change in strategy depending on the wicket,” he said on Tuesday.
Arun felt Umesh Yadav had gone against his nature in the first innings at Edgbaston before correcting course.
“Umesh is at his best when he is bowling quick. In the first innings he was more looking at bowling to one line. But in the second innings he was being himself,” he said.
Jasprit Bumrah, who bowled briefly in the nets, would not be ready for Thursday's second Test, Arun stated.
“He's bowling-fit right now but it's too early to put him into a game-like situation. The plaster on his hand needs to come off first. He's out of contention for the second Test.”
Arun suggested that India was not considering fielding a sixth specialist batsman.
“Playing an extra batsman here, I would consider a conservative move,” he said. “If the conditions are not going to be as (bowler) friendly as they were in the first Test, it makes more sense to play five bowlers.”
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