The second Test of the three Tests series will commence from August 20 © Getty Images

Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar suggested that the current Indian batsmen are not going on the back-foot as much as they should and therefore losing out on varieties of shots. After the visitors got bundled up for 112 in the last innings on Day-4, thereby losing the opening Test against Sri Lanka by 63 runs, after being in a winning position, Gavaskar blamed the players for not having proper footwork while they faced the spin from Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal, who bagged seven and eight wickets respectively in the game.

According to a report from Indian express, he said, “You should try to get as close to the ball as possible, to stop it from spinning and bouncing. Footwork becomes very very important. The trick is to get close to the ball, which means you go right forward. Or, if there is a short ball, then you go right back so you are covering, you are waiting for the turn, you know how much the ball is turning and you adjust your shot. The primary thing obviously is to get close to the ball, stop it from spinning.

“I think judging the length of any bowler is very important. Good players generally pick the ball as soon as it is released, not just the length but also the line. And they try to get in a position to play it. If the batsmen make better use of the back foot, they will open up lot more areas in which to score more runs. The whole ground becomes available. When you play off the back foot, you can play the late cut or the glance, which goes either side of the wicket-keeper.

The former skipper also explained that it is vital for the home side to get the pitches right, where a balance is to be maintained in order to obtain competitive and challenging wicket for both the teams. The second Test of the three Tests series will commence from August 20.