Virat Kohli with Bollywood actress wife Anushka Sharma. @ AFP
Virat Kohli with Bollywood actress wife Anushka Sharma. @ AFP

India captain Virat Kohli knows how important his fast bowling contingent is in Australia. En route to Perth – the venue for the next Test – Kohli and his Bollywood actress wife Anushka Sharma gave their business class seats to a couple of pacers to ensure the extra leg room so that the bowlers could rest, with India having to make a quick turnaround for the next match which begins on Friday.

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The news was revealed by former England captain Michael Vaughan, but it wasn’t sure who were allotted the seats among the three pacers – Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah or Mohammed Shami – who feature in the historic Adelaide Test victory.

Asked to give his reaction on Kohli and Anushka’s sweet gesture, India bowling coach Bharat Arun said that fast bowlers in the squad are precious commodity. Bumrah bowled as many as 48 overs across two innings in Adelaide, while Ishant bowled 39, and Shami 36.4.

“Fast bowlers are precious commodity and they need to be taken care like what you do with a race horse, and that’s exactly what’s happening,” Arun told reporters on Wednesday at the Optus Stadium in Perth.

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Head coach Ravi Shastri too reckoned the pacers need to rest well ahead of the next Test. “They have to rest up, to hell with the nets. You just come there, mark your attendance and get away to the hotel. We know the Perth track is quick, it’s a drop-in surface, there will be something there for the fast bowlers,” Shastri said after the Adelaide victory.

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Meanwhile, Arun reckoned that the hosts will come out all guns blazing in a bid to level the four-match series. “Australia played exceptionally well chasing 323 in the last innings. It’s not going to be easy, we are also aware that it’s their home conditions and any team to beat on their home soil will be extremely difficult. Australia will be coming hard at us, we are quite aware, but we will stick to the plans that work for us,” he said.