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India will play 13 Test matches on home soil. Indian pacers like Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will play many matches in India. India’s performance will depend largely on their approach. While the road appears long and uphill for the quicks, who may often be faced with flat, lifeless pitches, Javagal Srinath says a positive outlook will help.
spin is main key in Indial. Srinath, who is an ICC match referee, says, “I used to be a little negative myself at one time, see things from a discouraging point of view. It’s just a poor outlook. I see it even more clearly now.”
“If you study Test match cricket in India, you’ll see that it is reverse swing which gets you most wickets, especially in the December-January period. Reverse swing can rescue you even on flat tracks.” says the man with more than 500 international wickets.
“Early mornings and late evening conditions assist pacers. I assure you that that in our conditions, reverse swing can be more effective than normal swing. Indian wickets facilitate reverse swing regularly and it is up to the bowlers to seize the opportunities which come their way,” Srinath added.
Srinath points out that attitude reflects in approach. “If they see Test match cricket as a long, tiring endeavour, too much hard work on flat, lifeless tracks, that’s just how it’s going to be. Negative thinking hasn’t taken anyone anywhere. With such an attitude, one of them will come in and play two matches, then someone else will replace him and the chain goes on. Every bowler should put up his hand and ask to be counted, he should approach this string of matches with the mindset of playing all 13 games,” he told.
Srinath explains that there’s nothing like the longer format to hold a mirror to the player. “It will allow them to understand the game better, get deeper into Test match mode and understand batsmen better. They will also get to know themselves better.”