- Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar excelled against Australia picking six wickets
London: India bowling coach Bharat Arun paid tribute to his pace attack for dismantling Australia at The Oval in their second match of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Opening pair Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar shared six wickets between them as India strolled comfortably to victory by 36 runs, inflicting Australia’s first defeat of the tournament.
Arun, 56, said: “It’s a dream to have a bowler like him [Bumrah]. He’s one of the best in the world both at the beginning of an innings at the death.
“My job is just to remind him and Bhuvi about their plans and what they’ve done well in the past.”
But he insisted that in a long tournament, every bowler has to be ready, saying: “It was always our plan to open the bowling with Bumrah and Bhuvi because he moves the ball around in English conditions and he bowls well at the death.”
The experienced Mohammed Shami waits in the wings and Arun said: “You have to wait your chance and be ready to grab the opportunities when they come.”
The pitch at The Oval had been used four days previously for New Zealand’s win over Bangladesh, which influenced India’s tactics when they came to defend their sizeable total of 352.
Australia struggled to stamp any authority on their run chase and coach Arun said: “We had plans not to give the batsmen any width and also to take the pace off the ball and I thought we executed the plans very well.”
He added: “It was a conscious plan to bowl short to David Warner—and you saw that most of the short balls we bowled at him he wasn’t very comfortable with.”
Arun admitted that conditions have been different to some of the pre-tournament hype about huge totals and matches simply being run-fests.
He said: “In England the ball moves around. You saw that when England played against Bangladesh they were nine off five overs but ended up with 60 in the powerplay. If you can assess the conditions and then you can launch later.”
India certainly did that—scoring only 41 from the first ten overs but then 116 off the last ten to set a target of 353 that was beyond Australia.
Arun also backed spinner Kuldeep Yadav, 24, who blew England away at Trent Bridge 11 months ago with 6/25, to return to form after a difficult IPL tournament this year.
He said: “Every bowler goes through a stage where they get hit. It’s my job to remind him about all the good things he has done in the past and build his confidence.”