India's Quicks Continue to Reaffirm Captain Kohli's Faith

Doyle BarkerFeb 15, 2017

"The a year ago has been a roller-coaster ride with regard to results". If you lose the first Test, the momentum can change.

Speaking recently before the one-off Bangladesh Test, Indian captain Virat Kohli mentioned that his biggest learning as captain of the Indian team was when to attack and when to play more defensive cricket. I thought today Ishant's spell was really good, bowled with pace and had to put in effort to take wickets at that stage and he took both the set batsmen out.

"I'm happy where everything is at, at the moment". All of the guys are really excited about what's to come in the next six weeks.

He said he spoke to Ashwin in India's dressing room at the end of the match, which Bangladesh lost by 208 runs on the final day.

"(Hazlewood is) tall, strong, and hits good areas", McGrath told in an interview to Cricket Australia.

I thought Umesh (Yadav), Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Ishant (Sharma) were brilliant but Umesh stood out in the first innings. "You don't want to give the opposition any chance to get back", he concluded. He faced 27 deliveries from the tall Indian spinner, scoring 21 runs off them with the help of five boundaries. If (pacers) Pat Cummins and James Pattinson are fit and raring to go and the series is alive till the third and fourth Tests, we may create an upset. So incredible is his performance at the moment that Australia cricket legend Steve Waugh is willing to compare the Tamil Nadu off-break bowler with Don Bradman! "I learnt a little about that in Sri Lanka".

With this win, India bagged their sixth successive series to remain unbeaten in 19 Tests. The fans are fanatical, there is a tsunami of support and if Virat and the boys start doing well then it is very hard to stay calm and concentrate.

On coming down to wicket against spinners: I did advance once at the start of the summer and got out LBW.

"It's important here to make sure you are bowling consistent areas and letting the wicket do the work and getting the natural variation out of the wickets". So, hopefully we can formulate some game plans to get on top of them.

"We are playing as a team and that's been the difference in this team, if you see, you can say probably 2016, I scored a lot of runs but before that in 2015 as well, we won a lot of matches". Thus, by no means are Australia the favourites going into the India series, but Smith is still hoping for the best. They also took selfies with him.

Smith said at a press conference in Mumbai: "I think each of our individuals play the way that they play".

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