India vs Sri Lanka: Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will 'relish' bowling on Kolkata pitch, says fielding coach R Sridhar

Sridhar was also optimistic of getting a result, saying, "This Test can definitely get a result in 270 overs, should we get that. If the weather clears out, it would be really interesting."

PTI, November 17, 2017

Kolkata: India fielding coach R Sridhar feels Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will relish the challenge of bowling on the green top as much as the Sri Lankan pacers have in the rain-hit opening Test where the home team is currently in a spot of bother.

After Suranga Lakmal's (3/5) exploits on the first day of the rain-affected series opener, it was Dasun Shanaka's (2/23) turn to steal the limelight today as he struck twice to leave India reeling at 74/5 in 32.5 overs.

Sri Lankan bowlers have so far enjoyed the bowling-friendly conditions at Eden Gardens. AP

Sri Lankan bowlers have so far enjoyed the bowling-friendly conditions at Eden Gardens. AP

"It was fabulous to see so much of lateral movement and swing Lakmal and his fellow bowlers were purchasing from this wicket. Hopefully Shami and 'Sultan of swing' Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) would relish the challenge," Sridhar told reporters.

With rain playing spoilsport again, only 21 overs of play was possible on the second day. On day one, only 11.5 overs were bowled before umpires decided to call off the day's play.

The rain is caused by a depression that is likely to clear out on Saturday and Sridhar said a result was very much on the cards if they have three full days.

"This Test can definitely get a result in 270 overs, should we get that. If the weather clears out, it would be really interesting going by the conditions of this Test," he said.

"Days like these really bring the team together where you spend a lot of time in the dressing room with each other with team in a bit of an adverse position. I always feel these kind of days are wonderful for the team."

Cheteshwar Pujara stood tall amid the ruins with an unbeaten 47 from 102 balls and Sridhar said the mantra for the India batsman was to narrow down the 'V' region to minimise the chance of being caught.

"The thing that really stood out was most of his drives were to the right of midoff. He had a very narrow V. It was a simple mantra and he was successful. It's one of the best 47 runs from Pujara in last two-three years," he said.

"He is a batsman who has a grip of every condition when he goes to bat. With moving ball the gameplan was pretty simple — play as close to your body, play straight."

Stressing on the importance of slip catching, Sridhar said it would play a crucial role as they have a packed overseas calendar next year.

"As a team looking ahead to 15-20 months we are playing more away matches, our slip catching is going to be one of the areas that can contribute to the results which we want to achieve in our away Tests," he said.

Sridhar said slip catching is more difficult in sub-continent than abroad.

"It's always a challenge in the subcontinent because of the two-paced nature of the wickets. In England the ball wobbles. We have certain practice methods. We have prepared our best."

Updated Date: Nov 17, 2017

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114