Switching from T20 play to the longest game format is difficult, but IPL red ball practice will help with the difficult transition in the World Testing final against Australia, says India’s all-rounder Aksar Patel. Most of the members of the Indian team are heading to the main event after playing T20 cricket in the IPL for over two months. Also, while SG balls are used for the red ball format in India, the Dukes ball will be used in the WTC Final. However, India is well prepared for the dual challenges. To get acquainted with the Dukes ball, which is used in English conditions, “People in Blue” worked with it.
“We knew about it even before the IPL started. Therefore, even during the IPL, it was discussed that we would play with a red ball,” Aksar told ICC.
“We had red balls, so we used them. You know when and how to play, how much time you have. This mental switch from the white ball to the red ball is of course difficult, but we have enough time,” added Aksar.
However, the left-hander has said that the focus is on hitting the right spot regardless of the ball being used.
“We are switching from a white ball to a red one. It’s a similar transition from SG to Dukes, you have to use your talent and skill. You must execute your plan, your bowling rhythm. good ball in a good place, it works.
“So, this is what we do. Since the match takes place in England, which is different from India, we are planning which lines and lengths will work here. The same thing in practice, we are ready.” The first batch of Indian players, including the likes of Virat Kohli and Aksar, landed in London early last week and are gearing up for the final to be played at The Oval from 7 to 11 June.
“Those who didn’t qualify (for the IPL playoffs) got more time. So I don’t think there will be many problems because we had a good time to prepare.” “The difference is that the Dukes ball stays shiny longer. But during the IPL we ordered the ball, so we trained with it and got used to it,” said Aksar.
The Indian team will also have to quickly adapt to the relatively cooler conditions in England as the IPL played in sweltering heat.
“We arrived after the IPL, where it was 40-45 degrees in India. After that, I feel great here. We took off our winter clothes and wander around in jumpers. Plus it’s a little windy. enjoying the weather. It remains a little cool, there is no heat.” Unlike spin-friendly courses in India, conditions in England are more suitable for bowling.
“Obviously, the conditions in India and England are different. Fast bowlers play a big role here. Spinners play a more important role in India,” Aksar said.
“The conditions are the same for both teams. In England the wind helps bowling and offers a good bounce if you play in the right spots.
“The team is slowly gathering, so planning will continue. We’ll leave the planning to our bowling coach.”
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