Coach Anil Kumble confident of his team’s home performance


Indian coach Anil Kumble is quite pleased with his team’s performance in the one-off Test against Bangladesh, ahead of the Australia tests. Virat Kohli’s team registered a 208 run victory on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

In the post-match presentation, Kumble said that a batting surface that helped the batsmen score big, also praising the bowlers for their performance in the last two days. He said, “This was a very good surface to bat on, we had to literally bowl 200+ overs to secure 20 wickets, to bowl more than 120 overs in first innings and then come back and bowl another 100 overs, it was brilliant. I expected this track to break up a bit more on the fourth and fifth day, but nothing like that happened, it held on – great effort from our bowlers.”

He also heaped praises on wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Jayant Yadav for their role in the victory. “When we have a long home season, we need to look after the bowlers. It’s a luxury to have 5 bowlers, but the batsmen have been very good right throughout the nine Tests. I was pleased for (Wriddhiman) Saha to get a hundred here. Even Jayant (Yadav) showed good skills with the bat against England”, he added.

After beating England by a 4-0 margin in the five-match test series and then Bangladesh in the lone test, the coach is seemingly confident that his team can beat any team that comes to play in India. He said, “We were not worried about the surface in any of the Tests over the ongoing home season, just wanted to get the job done. It was a very satisfying win, Bangladesh have come along really well in recent times, it was a good victory in the end.”

It is now time for the team to gear up for the Australia test that starts on 23rd February. On this, Kumble said that the team is excited to face Australia adding that it will be a hectic series. “We are now looking forward to face Australia, it will be a tough 4-Test series, really pleased with all the things we are doing, the top-order, middle and lower order- everyone has chipped in, it augurs well for our future”, he concluded.




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