India's pace attack problems thing of the past, feels Bangar
Ranchi: Pace attack may be seen as India's perennial problem overseas but it would be a thing of past come Australia series beginning next month, feels assistant coach Sanjay Bangar.
With Umesh Yadav coming back into rhythm and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami already in the thick of things, Bangar today said India would be ready for the high profile tour to be followed by the World Cup with their best attack.
“As you must have seen there's a lot of rotation happening. Bowlers like who have had a lot of workload like Bhuvi and Shami have been rested. The rotation policy is being followed with an intention that we have an all fit pace attack in Australia,” said the former India all-rounder.
“The preparation has been spot on and the workload is monitored properly. We probably have the best seam attack going into Aus for a number of years now.”
Incidentally, Shami and injured pacer Varun Aaron, who are not part of the side, are also accompanying the side as the duo were seen going all out at the nets during their practice on the eve of the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka.
India would be playing four Tests beginning December 4 in a tour that would continue till the World Cup in February-March next year. Bangar said the length of the tour would help the side acclimatize to the conditions properly.
“The more time we spend in Australia, the better it is to get used to the pace and bounce of the wicket. It will help us when we approach a tournament like the World Cup,” Bangar said.
He said switching to Test mode would not be a difficult task after the ongoing ODI series.
“80 percent of the team is playing in both formats of the game so that should not really be an issue,” Bangar pointed out.
“We've been practicing for the longer formats simultaneously. Like players who are part of the Test team are also practicing with the team. We've been practicing with the Test matches in mind as well.”