Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar spoke about the technical adjustments Indian batsmen will have to make for the upcoming World Testing Championship final. Gavascar stressed the importance of bat-speed control, highlighting the transition from the dynamic T20 format to the more controlled bat-speed needed in Test cricket. Speaking to Star Sports, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar outlined the technical changes Indian batsmen will have to make when playing in the volleyball world cup final.
He said: “I think they will look at the speed of their bat. Coming from T20 where the bat speed is very high to test cricket where the bat speed needs to be much more controlled this is what they will need to do. “
He added: “They will need to play in England as late as possible to allow the backswing to play its part and not reach for the ball, which many people often do by mistake when playing on good pitches. On good pitches you tend to play across the line, not necessarily halfway, but in England these serves can shift a bit.
So, I think those are the things that you, as a batter, need to pay attention to. As a bowling player, you will also need to pitch the ball much longer so that the players can get movement in the air as well as after the pitch.”
Sunil Gavaskar praised Cheteswar Pujara, saying, “The fact that he was around means that he also saw how the field behaved at the Oval. He may not have played at the Oval and he may have been in Sussex, not far from London, but he will keep an eye on what is going on and his input will be invaluable as far as the batting team is concerned or even as regards captaincy.”
Gavaskar said that Pujara would have captains regarding the oval field.
“Don’t forget that he was also the captain of the team, so he definitely developed quite a few strategies, given that Steve Smith, an Australian, is his teammate at the moment,” Gavascar told Star Sports.
Sunil Gavaskar further emphasized the English conditions and the problems associated with them.
He said: “I think the English conditions are difficult because, first of all, we are used to playing with the sun on our backs. When you play in England, often you play in conditions where there is no sun, a little overcast and the weather is a little cooler, so you sometimes wear a jumper. This is what you know, Indian player, West Indian players and Sri Lankan players not really used to it, so it might just be a little damper, a little light, but you just feel a little burdened by it.”
He further added: “So that’s one thing, and because under these conditions the ball tends to swing in the air not only after the serve, which doesn’t happen in India, and so swinging in the air is something that can sometimes take a while. to get used to and for this reason people usually when you go abroad suggest you maybe play two or three warm-up matches which will give you a better idea of what to get when you play a test match. “
India will play Australia on June 7 in the final of the World Testing Championship at The Oval cricket ground.
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