Sunil Gavaskar, the former captain of India, has highlighted the technical adjustments that Indian batsmen will need to make for the forthcoming World Test Championship final at the Oval on June 7. Gavaskar has stressed the significance of controlling bat speed, particularly when transitioning from the fast-paced T20 format to the more controlled approach required in test cricket. He has also emphasized the need for batsmen to play with a delayed shot, taking into account swing and avoiding the mistake of reaching out for the ball in English conditions.
“I think they are going to look at their bat speed. Coming from T20 where the bat speed is very fast to test cricket where the bat speeds got to be a lot more control, that is something they will need to do. They will need to play in England as late as possible to allow for the swing to do it’s bit. Not to reach out for the ball which often a lot of people make the mistake having played on good pitches,”
Sunil Gavaskar said.
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“Wherever you play on good pitches, you tend to play through the line. Not necessarily half volleys, but in England those deliveries can move just that little bit. So, I think those are the things that as a batter you need to watch out for. As a bowling unit also you’ll need to bowl a much fuller length for your new ball, for the bowlers to be able to get the movement in the air as well as after pitching.”
Gavaskar further said:
“I think the English conditions are challenging because firstly we are used to play with the sun on our backs. When you are playing in England, often you are playing in conditions where there is no sun, it’s a little overcast, the weather is a little bit cooler, so you sometimes wear a jumper. That’s something that you know, the Indian player, West Indian players and Sri Lankan players are not really used to so that can be just a little bit of a dampener, little sort of light but you just feel little bit encumbered by that.”
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