Before the final test of Gabba against Australia, India was struggling to find their playing 11 that can handle the pressure of the decider and contribute towards the series victory. Washington Sundar who was held back in Australia after the T20I series as a net bowler debuted in the final test of Brisbane and played a major role in creating history. He played the match-winning knock of 62 in the first inning and took 3 wickets to hold the storm of Aussies.
A good reason for India’s success in the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar trophy was the success of the inexperienced bowling attack. Most importantly, some of them came into the side midway through the series after the first line of bowlers was injured and out. Yet, they adapted themselves seamlessly to the conditions and helped India to one of its finest overseas victories.
In a media interaction, Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun talked about the planning and preparation before the 4th Test and how they made an inexperienced bowling attack so dangerous. The Indian bowling unit which outsmarts Australia played the match with a ‘fearless’ attitude, now well known in the world for India’s brand of fearless cricket and more.
“Australia is one of the most challenging tours. Especially during these COVID times, it was a great move by Ravi Shastri to hold back all the bowlers who had come as net bowlers. After the one-day series, most of them were supposed to go back. But then we thought if something happens to a player, then it would not be possible for anyone to come back because of the [travel] restrictions. So we said, we’ll manage with everyone here. Because they were with us for a long period of time, it was possible for them to understand what it demands to be successful in Australia and work on those very lines. hem being with us helped a great deal,” Arun said.