Ahead of the SA vs. IND 2nd Test, the message from Bharat Arun to Paras Mhambrey says, ‘Sit down with each bowler

On a pitch where Indian batters could only score 376 runs combined in both innings, South Africa’s Dean Elgar went on to hit 185. The failure in Centurion was down to the bowlers, who failed to execute their plans, barring Jasprit Bumrah. Ahead of the crucial SA vs. IND 2nd Test in Cape Town, former India bowling coach Bharat Arun’s advice for current bowling coach Paras Mhambrey is to sit down with each bowler and identify the problems.
During the time period of Bharat Arun as the Indian bowling coach, fast bowlers excelled, making them one of the best bowling units even in overseas conditions.
But in Centurion, barring Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj to some extent, Shardul Thakur and Prasidh Krishna never looked threatening. Instead, they were guilty of conceding boundaries way too often to even have any effect of Bumrah-Siraj creating pressure on Dean Elgar, Marco Jansen, and David.
Prasidh Krishna conceded 93 in 20 overs in exchange for a solitary wicket, while Shardul Thakur gave away 101 runs in 19 overs for just a wicket.
In an interview, Bharat Arun said, “I think winning or losing a test match is okay. But I think the way we lost the last Test—we surrendered meekly in the second innings—is not a good feeling.”


Jan 1, 2024 4:03 PM