Sydney: After playing for almost two months on slow UAE pitches during the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), Indian batsmen set out to play Australia’s lively pitches with traditional tennis ball training.
In-form Lokesh Rahul (KL Rahul) practiced hard to perfect his pull shot. During net practice, he faced balls from 18 yards.
However, nothing was surprising in such a practice session as the players do this type of training to prepare to play on high bouncy pitches.
– BCCI (@BCCI) November 16, 2020
In a video posted on Twitter by the Cricket Board of India (BCCI), senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was seen using a tennis racket. He was serving the ball to serve Rahul, the caretaker vice-captain of India’s limited overs team, and was targeting his ribs during this time.
Rahul (KL Rahul) was trying to keep the ball on the ground while playing a pull shot in which Indian captain Virat Kohli specializes.
The main reason for practicing tennis ball from a short distance is that the ball comes very fast and this helps the batsman to respond better.
So when the original ball of cricket is used on a 22-yard pitch, the batsman gets some more time to play it.
The team’s senior fast bowler Mohammed Shami has also posted a video on his Twitter handle in which he is seen bowling with a pink Kukabura ball.
– Mohammad Shami (@ MdShami11) November 15, 2020
Mohammed Shami is part of India’s three formats team and India will need his skills most during the four-Test series which starts with the day-night Test in Adelaide on 17 December.
Shami (Mohammed Shami) tweeted, ‘There is no better feeling than playing for your country. The long wait for Team India to bowl on the net ended today. Looking forward to touring Australia.