Ash­win will play cru­cial role with rough be­ing cre­ated: Bum­rah

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - SCITE H - —PTI

Ade­laide: Nathan Lyon has been us­ing the rough patches ef­fec­tively dur­ing the on­go­ing In­dian sec­ond in­nings which is an in­di­ca­tor that Ravichan­dran Ash­win will have a big­ger role to play dur­ing Aus­tralian sec­ond in­nings, reck­ons pacer Jasprit Bum­rah.

In­dia are cur­rently 166 runs ahead with seven wick­ets in hand and two days of play left in the first Test.

“Ash­win will ob­vi­ously play a more cru­cial now role be­cause with the rough, we saw Nathan Lyon us­ing the rough to his ad­van­tage. He is an ex­pe­ri­enced bowler and knows what he has to do. So he will prob­a­bly work on it and he will play a cru­cial role for sure,” Bum­rah said at the end of the sec­ond day’s play.

In­dia dis­missed Aus­tralia for 235 in their first in­nings and it was a col­lec­tive ef­fort from the bowlers, who shared the spoils. “We were try­ing to fig­ure out the lengths that are use­ful over here. In South Africa and Eng­land, there was a lot of lat­eral move­ment. Here the wick­ets are slightly flat­ter be­cause you get bounce, but you have to be con­sis­tent.

“That’s the thing we have read over the years. We were try­ing to fo­cus on that, that if we don’t give runs, we are cre­at­ing pres­sure from both ends and then we could get wick­ets,” said Bum­rah.

Bum­rah is con­fi­dent that In­dia will take a sub­stan­tial lead on day four. “I think it is slightly in our favour be­cause the late wicket (Kohli) was a good thing for them. But we have a good lead. First ses­sion to­mor­row will be a very im­por­tant. If we cap­i­tal­ize on that, that will leave us in a very good place in this match,” the Gu­jarat pacer said.

The In­dian bowl­ing at­tack which has had a dream year and Bum­rah’s ad­di­tion in longest for­mat has been one of key to their suc­cess.

Bum­rah feels that key to adap­ta­tion in over­seas con­di­tions was all about do­ing his home­work prop­erly.

“There is no se­cret, ob­vi­ously. I try to ask ques­tions to play­ers who have played here be­fore, or wher­ever they have played. In Eng­land, when I was not play­ing, I was bowl­ing in the nets and I was keep­ing an eye on what was hap­pen­ing. So I try to copy that in the nets.

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