Indian Bowlers Prioritise Workload Ahead of The WTC Final against Australia
Umesh Yadav during a practice session. (AP Photo)
The highly anticipated World Test Championship (WTC) Final is approaching, as India prepares to go head-to-head against Australia in the ultimate red-ball cricket showdown at The Oval, commencing on June 7.
Following an intense two-month stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Indian team has now arrived in Sussex. Transitioning from the fast-paced T20 format to the demanding rigours of Test cricket presents a notable challenge for the players.
While the spotlight will naturally fall on the renowned Indian batting lineup comprising captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Cheteshwar Pujara, the performance of the Indian pacers will also play a crucial role. The Oval pitch is expected to offer substantial assistance to the Indian seamers. Ahead of the June 7 encounter, India may have practice sessions at the Arundel Castle Cricket Club in Sussex.
Bowling coach Paras Mhambrey expressed satisfaction with the team's preparation, stating that they gradually increased the workload to prepare the bowlers for the upcoming Test match.
“The preparation has been good so far. The initial bit was to ease into the practice session but the last two sessions have been pretty happy — I think we pushed them a little bit. Just adding a little bit of workload for the bowlers, just kind of preparing them for the Test match,” said India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey in a video released by the BCCI.
Fielding coach T Dilip emphasised the importance of managing the players' workload, considering their recent involvement in the IPL.
“The players have been coming from an IPL so a key thing for us to take care of was the workload, how much they have run, how much they have taken care."
With the imminent arrival of the WTC Final, the Indian team is focused on finding the right equilibrium between rest and readiness, aiming to deliver their finest performance in the ultimate showdown.