By Amlan Chakraborty
NEW DELHI, Jan.23 (Reuters) – India has finally created a reserve of pace that will allow them to turn the spirits and maintain the kind of performance they have achieved in Australia, said bowling coach Bharat Arun.
India saw their entire frontline offense wiped out before decision maker Brisbane, but injury-ravaged tourists still earned an epic 2-1 series victory in Australia after a relentless effort from their replacement bowlers. Only his third test, Mohammed Siraj led their rhythm attack, which included Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini, both of whom had played a test each, as well as debutant T. Natarajan.
“We have been planning this for the past three years,” former test player Arun said on a video conference on Friday.
“If you need India to be successful internationally, you need a pool of bowlers who would rotate over and over again to keep them fresh.
“Now we’re lucky to have a great bench force. So it’s very encouraging to see how these guys came to the party.”
Pacers Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar missed the tour with injuries which continued to hamper India’s attempt to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
Net bowlers Washington Sundar and Natarajan made their tryout debuts in Brisbane after Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah had their rounds cut short by injuries.
Arun said the emergence of the new generation of bowlers bodes well given the upcoming workload which includes nine combined test matches, at home and away, against England.
“I think it’s a very healthy trend. It’s an embarrassment of wealth,” said the 58-year-old.
“We now have seven fast bowlers ready to play for the country,” he said. “If we are to give our best performance, it will be extremely practical.”
Arun praised the young fast but felt that Shami and Ishant still had a lot to offer.
“I think they have enough cricket left. Their experience is exceptional and they are still good enough to play for India.
“They’ll all be shot and we’ll make sure we put the best team on the park.”