In­dian bowlers should avoid try­ing too hard

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES SPORT -

VVS LAX­MAN MEM­O­RIES of the 3-0 drub­bing in their own back­yard just a cou­ple of months back must have come flood­ing back to Sri Lankan minds as they set foot on In­dian soil last week for the multi-for­mat tour start­ing with the first Test in Kolkata from Thurs­day. Di­nesh Chandi­mal’s men will be aware of how for­mi­da­ble this In­dian team is and there­fore know what lies ahead of them, but they will de­rive plenty of con­fi­dence from hav­ing sub­se­quently de­feated Pak­istan 2-0 in the UAE. That, cou­pled with the re­turn of An­gelo Mathews, will give them a great deal of heart, though they will need to be at their very best if they are to up­set In­dia’s ap­ple­cart.

Hav­ing seen the ruth­less­ness and to­tal fo­cus with ed-overs matches in re­cent times, the core bowl­ing group of Mo­hammed Shami, Umesh Ya­dav, R Ash­win and Ravin­dra Jadeja will be rar­ing to go. All of them have played in the Ranji Tro­phy and have sharp­ened their skills, but the one thing they must guard against is overtry­ing and look­ing to make a state­ment. They are all proven per­form­ers at the top of their re­spec­tive games and, so long as they stick to the ba­sics, they will be per­fectly fine.

In­dia have a cou­ple of tricky se­lec­tion choices to make. Since it was re-laid a year and a half or so back, the Eden sur­face has as­sisted the quicker bowlers more than it has the spin­ners, and Bhu­vnesh­war Ku­mar picked up a five-for in In­dia’s last Test there, against New Zealand. With Hardik Pandya rested, does the think-tank stick with the five-bowler op­tion with Bhuvi as the fifth com­po­nent,

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