Kumble: 'Changing mindset crucial before series'

India's coach Anil Kumble has said the Indian team management is focussing on changing the mindset of the batsmen from shorter to longer format ahead of the Test series against West Indies, which begins on Thursday.

Anil Kumble has said that to be boring is what the bowlers need to do in Test cricket.   -  K. Bhagya Prakash

Emphasising that batting for a longer duration will be the key, India’s chief coach Anil Kumble has said the Indian team management is focussing on changing the mindset of the batsmen from shorter to longer format ahead of the Test series against West Indies, starting here on Thursday.

“We are focussing on changing the mindset of batsmen in terms of coming from shorter format to a longer format and the batting time, as it is important to bat for a longer duration (in Tests),” said Kumble, who played 132 Test matches, in his career. Indian cricketers played for about two months in the IPL before embarking on a short tour to Zimbabwe where they played ODIs and T20s.

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Kumble said to be boring is what the bowlers need to do in Test Cricket. “In the bowling department, we will be focussing on consistent lengths and being boring. That’s what we need to do when playing Test cricket. The emphasis will also be on the catching as they are important to win games,” said Kumble, while responding to queries from fans during a Q/A session on Twitter.

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Kumble said both spinners and pacers will have to bowl in tandem on the slower West Indies wickets.

Spinners and pacers have equal role

“I believe that bowlers also bowl in partnerships like batsmen play in partnership. Spinners and fast bowlers will have an equal role. The wickets have so far been on the slower side but I don’t know what kind of wickets we will have in the four Test matches. Indian spinners will have an important role to play for us to win the series,” he said.

Kumble, who took 619 Test wickets, said that Test cricket is a real test of character for the cricketers.

“In Test cricket all three departments will be tested, so the focus is on all three,” said India’s highest wicket-taker. “What is also important is the rest period or the recovery period. Other than the three departments we are also concentrating on the fitness and the recovery period.”

Responding to a query on grooming Ashwin as an all-rounder as a solution to India’s balance overseas, Kumble said, “Ashwin is an extremely capable batsman and we are also blessed with some of the other lower middle-order batsmen who are extremely capable. The focus is not just on the bowlers' bowling but also on the bowlers' batting.”

Kumble, who was seen enjoying water sports with the team, said that he had enjoyed the last three weeks being part of the Indian dressing room, and it feels good to be back in India colours.