After India’s battling line-up was dismantled by Sri lankan bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Dasun Shanaka, who left the home side reeling for 74/5 after the second day, Indian fieldng coach R Sridhar said he hopes Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami will enjoy bowling on the green Eden Gardens pitch.
“It was fabulous to see so much of lateral movement and swing Lakmal and his fellow bowlers were purchasing from this wicket. Hopefully Shami and ‘Sultan of swing’ Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) would relish the challenge,” Sridhar said while speaking to reporters.
While Lakmal exploited the conditions on the first day, knocking down three wickets in just 11.5 overs, it was Shanak who turned up the heat on Friday and took Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin’s wickets. In spite of only 32 overs being played in the Test so far due to frequent stoppage by rain, Sridhar said he still believes that a result will be possible.
“This Test can definitely get a result in 270 overs, should we get that. If the weather clears out, it would be really interesting going by the conditions of this Test,” he said.
The 47-year old added that the team got a chance to come closer and interact with each other due to rain. “Days like these really bring the team together where you spend a lot of time in the dressing room with each other with team in a bit of an adverse position. I always feel these kind of days are wonderful for the team.”
The fielding coach also laid praises on Cheteshwar Pujara, who continued to stick it out on the field, amid tough conditions. “The thing that really stood out was most of his drives were to the right of midoff. He had a very narrow V. It was a simple mantra and he was successful. It’s one of the best 47 runs from Pujara in last two-three years,” he said. “He is a batsman who has a grip of every condition when he goes to bat. With moving ball the gameplan was pretty simple — play as close to your body, play straight,” he added.