In dissecting the flaws in India’s fast bowlers during the recent Test against South Africa, former bowling coach Bharat Arun reflected on Ravi Shastri’s invaluable advice from the 2018 Cape Town Test. After the disappointing first innings, where India faced an innings defeat, Shastri had emphasized the significance of attacking relentlessly and maintaining discipline.
Despite the criticism directed at India’s fast bowlers following the loss in Centurion, Arun drew inspiration from India’s remarkable turnaround in the 2020/21 Australia tour. He particularly praised Jasprit Bumrah’s commendable return to red-ball cricket in the recent SuperSport Park Test.
Addressing the specifics of Kagiso Rabada’s exceptional performance for South Africa, Arun urged the Indian bowlers, especially Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and debutant Prasidh Krishna, to emulate Rabada’s precision and focus on the crucial 4-6 meter mark. He emphasized the importance of maintaining the right trajectory for movement and seam off the wicket.
Acknowledging Bumrah’s standout performance in the first Test, Arun expressed disappointment with the lines of the remaining fast bowlers, noting excessive width and occasional short deliveries. Reflecting on Shastri’s impactful advice after the 2018 Cape Town Test, Arun reiterated the importance of discipline in bowling, emphasizing the need to attack relentlessly and leave room for specific plans.
As the Indian team prepared for the crucial Cape Town encounter, Arun’s insights highlighted the significance of learning from past experiences and applying key lessons to enhance the team’s performance.