Hyderabad: The Indian team’s record at home has always been impeccable. They have been on a roll brushing aside the challenges of the toughest teams to weak sides like West Indies. As India look for another series win after a massive victory at Rajkot in the first Test, bowling coach Bharat Arun ruled out any experimentation for the second Test at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, which gets underway from Friday.
Speaking to media persons on Wednesday, Arun said they would like to put the best team in the park. “We totally believe that anyone who is in the 15 is good enough to make it.’’ At the same time, Arun said they have healthy respect for the West Indies team and more so with the possible return of the experienced captain Jason Holder and number one fast bowler Kemer Roach. “With these two (Holder and Roach) back in the side they are a lot more experienced. After losing the first Test, we are aware they will come hard at us but we have plans in places as well.”
Was this series an ideal preparation for tough Australian tour, Arun said that every Test match they play throws up fresh players. “Last match Prithvi Shaw’s knock was fabulous. It is not that the runs he got, his composure was very good. For someone like playing in his first Test match, his body language was outstanding. These are things which we look at and that probably holds good for the future.”
The bowling coach came in support of the struggling vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. “He is in pretty good shape and if you look at the overseas record, Rahane is probably one of the best, just a question of going out there and performing. He has got everything in him to do well at any given point of time.”
The same holds good for opener K Lokesh Rahul, when a question was put saying that he failed to put a half century in 14 of the last 16 innings he played and was there any technical weakness. “Ravi Shastri and Bangar had a very good chat with him and as far as I’m concerned as a coach, Rahul is a fantastic player. He has got outstanding potential and I think he is somebody whom we can persist with. He is definitely superb batsman for the future.”
Coming to the bowlers’ performance, Arun said they were pretty happy with the way bowlers performed over a period of time. “We would constantly like to improve on what we did early.”
With Umesh Yadav failing to find a place in the playing eleven on regular basis, Arun said the fast bowler was there in the scheme of things. ”It is unfortunate that Umesh didn’t get much to play in South Africa and England as other bowlers have bowled exceptionally well. We look at Umesh who is quick and we also have a system where we rotate the bowlers and remain fresh. Umesh would definitely be a part of that and we are extremely confident of what he can bring to the table.”
On the homecoming of fast bowler Mohammad Siraj, Arun said the Hyderabadi is a quick learner. “When I was with him during my stint in Hyderabad, he did exceptionally well. With experience he has learned over the years and his recent performances in India A matches, reflect how quick a learner he is.”