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, Nov 17, 2017 20:49:45 IST

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 20:49:45 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





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1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
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2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254