Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday believes Cheteshwar Pujara can provide valuable information to his Indian teammates ahead of the World Championship final against Australia as he has played extensively in the English County Championship. With Pujara’s knowledge and experience as a captain (in Sussex), his input could prove invaluable, especially against Australian slugger Steve Smith, who is also part of his district.
The WTC Final is scheduled to take place at The Oval in London from June 7th to 11th. “The fact that he was there would mean that he also saw how the field behaved at the Oval.
“He may not have played at the Oval, he may be in Sussex, not far from London, but he will keep an eye on what is happening and his contribution will be invaluable in terms of the batting team or even in terms of as for the captaincy,” Gavascar told Star Sports.
“He’s going to have captains here as far as the oval is concerned and don’t forget he was also the captain of the team so he’s definitely devised quite a few strategies given that Steve Smith, the Australian, is his teammate at the moment.”
Gavascar also said that Indian batters coming out of the IPL would have to adjust their batting speed ahead of the WTC Finals and advised them to play as late as possible.
“I think they will look at the speed of their bat. Going from T20 where the bat speed is very high to Test cricket where the bat speed has to be much more controlled, that’s what they will need to do.” – Gavascar told Star Sports.
He also stressed the need for batters to play as late as possible in English conditions, swinging and avoiding the error of reaching the ball.
“They will need to play in England as late as possible to allow the backswing to do its job and not reach for the ball, which many people often do when playing on good fields.
“Wherever you play on good pitches, you tend to play across the line, not necessarily halfway from the summer, but in England those pitches can shift a bit. So I think those are the things that you, as a batter, need to keep an eye on. for.” He asked the bowlers to pitch fuller length so the Dukes ball could swing.
“As a bowling player, you will also need to pitch the ball much longer to allow the players to move in the air as well as after the pitch.” Gavaskar highlighted the challenges India would face playing in English conditions.
“I think the English conditions are difficult because, firstly, we are used to playing with the sun on our backs. When you play in England, you often play in conditions where there is no sun, a little overcast, the weather is a little cooler, so you sometimes wear a jumper.
“It’s something you know Indian players, West Indian players and Sri Lankan players are not really used to, so it might just be a little damper, a little light, but you just feel a little burdened by it.
“So that’s one thing, and because in 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 that’s the reason why people usually when you go abroad offer you to play two or three warm-up matches, which will give you a better idea of what to get when you play a test match,” he added.
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