India has a strong bowling attack – Mike Atherton

By Bet Barter

June 26, 2020

Former England captain Michael Atherton believes India’s solid bowling assault will allow them to surpass Australia when they visit Down Under not long from now.

Indian cricket team
Indian cricket team

Former England captain Mike Atherton feels India’s solid bowling assault which has a ton of profundity will give Virat Kohli’s men a possibility of doing admirably when they visit Australia not long from now.

India are scheduled to visit Australia for a difficult four-Test coordinate series, set to start from December 3. The subsequent Test will be a Day and Night undertaking, to be facilitated by the Adelaide Oval.

Atherton affirmed that it is hard for any team to win Tests in Australia without a solid crease bowling assault.

“What really should give India hope Down Under is the strength of the bowling attack. It is very difficult to win in Australia without a strong seam bowling attack,” Atherton said.

“And one of the great things in the last few years about Indian cricket is the sea change in terms of the quality of fast bowlers you have produced. If I go back and think of when I played in India in 1993, it was completely spin-based. There were good fast bowlers then too but I don’t think the number and depth that you have now…and it shows that teams can change their style and I think going Down Under that would be the biggest reason for hope,” said the 52-year old.

Atherton also talked about Rohit Sharma

“He just looks such a good player that you think success will come (in Tests),” said the former opener.

“One thing I enjoy about Indian batting is that they look very natural to me and not over coached, forced. I was chatting to Rahul Dravid about this in relation to the Indian U-19 team compared to the England U-19 team. I was asking him why he felt Indian players looked more natural than England”s at that level. He thought it was to do with the fact that India”s cricketers get all-year-round play. Because of the weather in England, a lot of English players spend 6 months indoors and on bowling machines and it can look a bit forced after that. He felt a lot of Indian batsmen were learning in play rather than being coached,” he added.

“I would have thought (opening) may not be the strongest element of the team but it is not a weak element of the team. And then you got back up openers like Prithvi Shaw and KL Rahul. Seems to me you are pretty well placed wherever you look. And Pujara is a fabulous player.

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