India tour of England – Mission Big Hundred for Virat Kohli & Co: While it is true that bowlers decide the course of a Test match, it is the batters who give them the cushion to work their magic. When India take the field against New Zealand in the World Test Championship Final, onus will be on the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara to score tall. India coaching staff led by Ravi Shastri has devised new training methods to help the batters score big.
The Indian team management has been worried about the lack of ‘big hundreds’ in recent months. Virat Kohli last scored a Test century 13 innings ago. Shubman Gill has not recorded his first century so far. Ajinkya Rahane, between 2018 to present, has just three tons in 50 innings. Barring Rohit, none of the Indian batters has given a ray of hope in red-ball cricket.
For India to become the inaugural champions of the World Test Championship & take on England’s challenge in their own backyard, there is a need to shake off the rustiness when they hit the nets. Their first challenge will be to face the moving ball in English conditions.
India tour of England: Three new training methods for Team India by coaching staff –
In order to make the Indian batters comfortable in England conditions, Shastri and his coaching team intend to start with a few basics. According to a report by Times of India, the three methods are —
1- shortening the length of the pitch from 22 yards to 16 while facing the robo-arm in the nets.
2- getting pre-shined balls in the nets and “figuring out ways” to make the shiny side heavier.
3- working on the ‘art of leaving’ – which is making sure not every ball is played.
India tour of England: How would these training methods help?
Benefit 1- By reducing the bowling length to 16 yards, the batsmen will face quicker deliveries fraction seconds early. They will have very little time at hand to assess the length of the ball and react in the way possible
Benefit 2- The quick-second decision will also help batters understand when to hit the ball and when to leave it, an art that is very crucial in Test cricket.
Benefit 3- It will also allow the batter to understand and assess the conditions and the field.