Shubman Gill gets sweep shot tips from coach Rahul Dravid ahead of first Australia Test | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Preparing rank-and-file players for the Australian squad on tour must be good strategy from the Indian think tank, but they are also aware that they could taste their own medicine against the mighty Aussies.
Bearing this thing in mind, India strikes Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli practiced sweeping shots during the team’s net session on Tuesday ahead of the first Test against Australia from Thursday in Nagpur.
Australia also has quality spinners in the form of veteran bowler Nathan Lyon, left-arm Orthodox Ashton Agar, bowler Mitchell Swepson and young officer Todd Murphy who can trouble Indian batters on the corner lanes.
In fact, head coach Rahul Dravid spent a lot of time with Gill while explaining the different methods to limit the sweep along with some shadow training.
Dravid was seen showing Gill how he can avoid offering holds to advance the short leg or leg gully if there is a big turn on offer.
Gill was then seen standing short-legged himself with field coach T Dileep giving him a close workout.
The Indian team had up to nine specialist spinners – four in the main team and five from the national and Indian A fringes assisting batters.
While Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav would like to conserve their energies for the big five days, there were off-spinners Pulkit Narang and Jayant Yadav as well as leg spinner Rahul Chahar and left-arm orthodox Ravisrinivas Sai Kishore and Saurabh. Kumar who did most of the work.
“Things that obviously we’ve been working on is playing the spin, and we know the pitches are going to play here in India and what to expect. Keeping that in mind, we’ve been training to play to the spin”, KL Rahul gave an insight into the preparation of the team ahead.
“Each person has their own individual plans. Everyone wants to play a certain way, or everyone has their own way of playing which has been discussed with the coaches. We have discussed it as a batting group with the aim of ‘trying to play spin better,'” the Indian vice-captain said.
(With PTI entries)


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