Ravi Bopara eyes success with the ball against India

Ravi Bopara said India have a very good batting line-up and playing them in their own conditions can be difficult Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Hyderabad: Oct 10, 2011

Ravi Bopara has been in a great form with the bat but the England all-rounder is looking to forward to contribute with the ball on subcontinental pitches in the upcoming five-match One-Day International series against India.

“It’s important for me to get my bowling right on this tour.”

“At some stage, it is going to be called upon – and I’m going to have to do a good job,” Bopara said.

“This Indian side to have a very good batting line-up and are playing in their own conditions, and they’ll make it difficult for us as bowlers. That’s where my job is going to be vitally important.”

Bopara is aware that it would be a folly to pre-judge the surfaces which will be prepared for this month’s ODIs and one-off Twenty20.

“The pitches out here can change a bit,” he said.

“Sometimes they can be unbelievable, the best batting pitches you could ever see. But then again they can be very, very tough – quite sticky and you have to graft for your runs.

“Watching some of these IPL games on TV, racking up 200 and people chasing them down, it seems like there’s going to be some great pitches. But then again, I’ve seen other parts of the country – like Chennai – where batting can be so difficult, where it’s turning, very slow, and skidding low.”