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Playing 5 bowlers always helped India win overseas series: Bowling Coach Bharat

Dubai, Nov 7 (UNI) India bowling coach Bharat Arun on Sunday said that the decision of Head Coach Ravi Shastri and Captain Virat Kohli to play five bowlers in all conditions have helped India win overseas series including Down Under series against Australia.

The team management and the captain took a bold step of always playing with five bowlers at any given point of time. I think that was the most positive move that happened and that helped us win three major series abroad, two back-to-back in Australia.

“Also one we came very close to winning a series which hangs in balance for just one Test match that remains, So, I think it is a combined effort of everybody to put together that that has really created the force. And I think this legacy carries on,” he said to reporters ahead of match against Namibia here on Sunday.

To begin with, Arun said Ravi and Virat wanted to build a balanced team, having spinners and fast bowlers, that could win in all conditions, and for that to happen, Arun stressed on inducing discipline in them to remain fresh throughout.

“Actually it took us a while to create this kind of bowling unit. But we had to ensure a workload that could keep the fast bowlers fit at any given point of time so we could even rotate,” he said.

Replying to a query on transformation of the fast bowling unit with pacers, except Jasprit Bumrah, in the business end of their career , Arun said there is a lot of fast bowling talent in India with the likes Mohammad Siraj and Prasidh Krishna coming off the hive.

“Going forward, India’s fast bowling talent is exciting with the likes of Mohammed Siraj and Prasidh Krishna coming in. There are also many other exciting fast bowling prospects the country boasts of. I think they will be a force to reckon with in the coming days,” he said.

Replying to a query, Arun admitted that the team looked a bit below-par in their first game, but added that toss plays a big role in Dubai.

“I am not trying to give any excuses but this World Cup, the trend has been that the team which wins the toss has a big advantage especially when you are playing in Dubai. The wicket eases out when you bowl the second time, there are no excuses, we should have done better, we should have batted better. In the first match, we had the chance to defend our total but we looked a little below-par,” Arun said.

On his tenure as bowling coach, Arun said it has been a great and outstanding journey for him, but there have been ups and downs. But, he continued, the team is in a much better position than it was when he started, he said, adding, “Pretty happy about it, the highest point would be the kind of bowling we have, we strived hard to achieve success overseas as a team and we went about achieving that,” he said.

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