‘Don’t get carried away with bounce, back your strengths’: Kapil Dev’s advice for Indian pacers


By: PTI | Kolkata |

December 15, 2020 8:58:47 pm

Former India cricket captain Kapil Dev (File Photo)

Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev on Tuesday suggested the highly-rated Indian tempo assault to bowl to their power and never get carried away with the bouncy wickets throughout the four-match Test sequence in Australia starting on Thursday.

Even within the absence of the skilled Ishant Sharma, the India group boasts of a deadly pace-bowling assault, led by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami and backed up by the likes of Umesh Yadav and rookie duo of Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini.

But the legendary pacer felt that the Indians nonetheless lack expertise of bowling on Australian pitches.

“Our fast bowlers are not that used to bowling on Australian pitches. Sometimes they may get carried away when they see a little bit of bounce and start bowling short. It’s very important to understand their pace and back their strengths,” Kapil mentioned throughout a digital session hosted by the Indian Chamber of Commerce right here.

“We may have a very good pace bowling attack at this stage, but they (Australians) know the conditions better than our fast bowlers,” mentioned the 61-year-old former India captain who performed 131 Tests between 1978 and 1994, scoring 5248 runs and taking 434 wickets.

The 1983 World Cup successful captain additionally mentioned that Australia could have the sting within the sequence opening day/night time Test in Adelaide as they’ve performed extra such matches than India, other than the truth that they’re taking part in at dwelling.

“Definitely Australia have the edge. They are playing in their backyard. If India were playing a pink ball Test in India, I would say 80 per cent our chances. But Australia have played so many (pink ball) Tests and they understand the conditions better under the floodlights.”

Kapil picked his India debut in 1978 as the largest second of his profession, forward of the nation’s 1983 World Cup win beneath his captaincy.

“The biggest ever moment happened for myself was the day I played for India. I would call it 1000 times bigger than winning the World Cup because representing your country was always a dream. I still cherish the moment and feel so proud,” he signed off.

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