Former Indian legendary leg-spinner and current Indian coach Anil Kumble went to the extent and helped of bowling left-arm spinners Cheteshwar Pujara to defeat the challenges posed with Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe in the upcoming Test series against Australia in Ranchi on 16th March.
Pujara has a strike with a gritty 92 in the second Test innings to set up a series-levelling victory for India in Bengaluru. In the first Test innings in Pune, he fell to Australia’s left-arm spinner O’Keefe and pace bowler Mitchell Starc.
For the upcoming third Test which will begin on 16th March in Ranchi, Pujara is working hard on his game following the Pune disaster and also Kumble help including fielding coach R Sridhar.
Australia’s spinners O’Keefe had established his bowling skill which Indian player unplayable in Pune, ending with career-best figures of 12 for 70.
According to his bid to reproduce what Indian player will be active against, coach Kumble went to the extent of his bowling left-arm spinners to Pujara in practice.
The 29-year-old India’s left-arm spinners Pujara said to ‘bcci.tv ahead of upcoming third Test at Ranchi. “As they have a left-arm spinner, Anil bhai was trying to replicate that, coming from corner of the crease and angling into the right hander and try to spin it from there.”
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“So I was just trying to get used to that angles as well. Sridhar was coming in from over the stumps, banging in short and just taking the ball away. It was really useful especially Sridhar, he was really accurate,” said Pujara.
“Anil tried his best even though he is a right-arm bowler but he tried bowling left-arm spin and still was decent enough for practice.”
O’Keefe even managed to beat Pujara; the batsman said “Yes he did. He knew where to bowl, the ball pitched on the rough and I stepped out only to get beaten.
When asked about the tackle Starc, Pujara said: “Basically getting used to the angle which Starc uses when he comes over the wicket, he tries to take the ball away from the batsman.”
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He added “I was just trying to work on it, getting used to the angles especially when the ball moves away. Just wanted to play close to the body and get used to the angle.”