Australian bowlers hold the key, feels Michael Kasprowicz

Michael Kasprowicz stresses on the importance of adapting quickly to the Indian conditions in order to succeed in the upcoming four-match Test series © Getty Images

Sydney: Feb 19, 2013

Talking about how he feels the Australian bowling attack with fare on Indian conditions, Kasprowicz said, “I am impressed with the Australian fast bowling unit. There are some really talented guys there. Managing the workload will be a tough exercise in India especially in those conditions. The key is how quickly you adapt your skills to the lower, slower wickets and that is going to be interesting to watch. I think that will play a big part in how Australia fare in the series.”

“There is some experience with Mitchel Johnson for sure and Peter Siddle as well. We have seen a good group of fast bowlers coming through this summer and there are some high expectations from them. It’s good to see someone like Jackson Bird coming into the side after taking a lot of wickets in our Sheffield Shield competition.”

Talking from his experience of touring India in the past, Kasprowicz felt that the recent performance by England proves that a tour of India is not as hard as it used to be.

Recalling a piece of advice that he received from Dennis Lillee ahead of an Indian tour in the past, he said, “That piece of advice was related to Sachin Tendulkar’s batting in that series. My question to Dennis was: ‘What do you suggest we do to get him out?’ And Dennis just shook his head and said, ‘make sure you walk off with pride.’ The best fast bowling resource in Dennis Lillee did not have an answer for Sachin Tendulkar. His wry smile indicated the challenge on hand.”

“Well, the biggest part for me was executing the plans we had charted. It was not a typical plan for us fast bowlers. We had been there in 1998 and 2001 and we bowled good lines — just outside off-stump. But in 2004, we decided to bowl straighter which was a containing method, but with attacking field placings,” he added, as reported by Mid-Day.

Kasprowicz feels that it is up to the Australian bowlers to tip the results in their team’s favour throughout the series.

“The key is, as I mentioned, with the bowlers. The batsmen too have to adjust their game to the conditions. You have four Tests to play and you are straight into them.The success of the Australian depends on adaptation. I am very excited with the talent in this team and having seen Indian cricket for many years now, I am excited by the talent coming through there too. This series is going to be a great showcase of young stars.”

The Indian team that will be without the services of heavyweights Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, but Kasprowicz felt that the young Indian side has also been very impressive.

“I think they (Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli) are very impressive and have got some good exposure to international cricket. I can’t imagine (and I don’t think anyone can) the pressure of playing cricket in India given the amount of support and the amount of experts of the game in India (laughs).It is always a challenge. I’m particularly impressed by the way Kohli has shown maturity.”