Team India batting coach Vikram Rathour claims that the visitors are ready to handle the bounce at The Gabba, Brisbane. The Gabba has been a fortress for the Australian team as they have played dominant cricketer there over the years.Also Read - We Were Below Par Today, Says Vikram Rathour, Lauds Virat Kohli For Being More Disciplined
Unlike the other pitches where there was enough for the batsman to play their game, India might face some tough challenge to cope with the bounce and pace of The Gabba wicket. Also Read - IND vs NZ: We Have Been Giving a Lot of Batting to Tail-Enders, Says Vikram Rathour
However, having stayed in Australia for over two months and having got acclimatised to the conditions, the Indian team would somehow fancy itself playing at the Gabba more now than it would have at the start of the tour, the injuries to players notwithstanding. Also Read - Vikram Rathour Reapplies For Post of India Batting Coach: Reports
India will be without their several key players for crucial game including Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav.
India batting coach Vikram Rathour acknowledged that the long tour, which began with a quarantine period and involved two three-day warm-up games, has in fact helped the team prepare itself well for the challenge of facing short-pitched and fast deliveries on the tour of Australia.
“On this tour, we got a lot of time to prepare. We got here early, we got lot of practice sessions as I said earlier, we have really prepared well. This being a wicket which will have more bounce. You expect more bounce and pace here. Having played well and having played well for so many days now, the belief is there that the boys will be able to handle it and handle it well I am sure,” said Rathour while speaking to the media on Thursday.
Australia captain Tim Paine for once felt completely at home on seeing the pitch. So much so that he didn’t even go to look at the surface.
Asked if he thinks the wicket will have enough pace and bounce, Paine said, “Absolutely, that is what I am expecting. So much so that I haven’t been out there and looked at it. I think Gabba has been a brilliant wicket for Test cricket forever. So we don’t expect that to change. From a distance it looks like a magnificent wicket. It is a great place to play Test cricket. We always love getting back here at the Gabba. Love playing here and one of the main reasons is the wicket here. I don’t have to go and look at it. I know what to expect.”
(With IANS Inputs)