To tackle Herath and Co, India’s Focus on Reverse Sweep, Short Balls

Written by Vipin Darwade

As Sri Lanka have some world class spinners : Mainly bowling wizard Rangana Herath and off-spinner Dilruwan Perera, on Tuesday, Facing short balls and playing reverse sweeps against spinners were the highlights of Indian team’s training session as they geared up for the three-Test series against Sri Lanka.

Rangana Herath is the only bowler in the cricket history to achieve 400 test wickets and he is expected to pose the biggest threat to Indian batsmen. In addition, Perera is also more than effective, especially in subcontinent pitches.

So, on Tuesday, Indian batsmen solely focus on upcoming spin challenge. The Indian team support staff was seen giving throwdowns of short pitch deliveries as the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli warmed up for their first training session ahead of the Eden Gardens Test on November 16.

While the Indian left-right handed duo mainly played in the V’s with occasional reverse sweep, middle-order batsman Rahane’s stint at the nets was peppered with the unorthodox shot to the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav, hinting their strategy against Rangana Herath, Perera and Lakshan Sandakan.

At the nets, India followed their batting order with Rahul and Dhawan setting the tone, facing alternate spin and pace bowling.

Kohli also took the throwdowns and faced some short-pitched deliveries before heading to the nets, where he too approached spinners with the reverse sweep shot.

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