India bowlers were 'exceptional', says bowling coach Bharat Arun
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Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia. 29th December 2018.
1. 00:00 SOUNDBITE (English): Bharat Arun, India bowling coach:
(About his side's bowling performance contrasted with Australia's batting display)
"We really focus on what we can do. I thought the Indian bowlers did an exceptional job. Everyday they have executed the plans perfectly and so, for that, I have no complaints."
2. 00:24 SOUNDBITE (English): Bharat Arun, India bowling coach:
(About the difficulty his side might face in dismissing Australia's tail)
"See there have been many occasions when we have got the tailenders early and I think you must give credit when it's due. I thought (Pat) Cummins played exceptionally well today. There were a few balls that went in the air, but then it went in the gaps, but give him credit when it is due. But, to be very fair, I thought that we had at least three occasions to have really polished off the tail."
3. 00:55 SOUNDBITE (English): Bharat Arun, India bowling coach:
(About Ravindra Jadeja)
"I think Jadeja has matured a lot over the years with what he has done in the last one to two years. He has gained in a lot of confidence and the way he has progressed today and also the way he did in England in the lone Test at the Oval. We can be quite confident that Jadeja can lead the spinning attack."
4. 01:24 SOUNDBITE (English): Bharat Arun, India bowling coach:
(About Jasprit Bumrah's bowling style)
"It's extremely unique and I think what makes him so special is because he is so unique. Maybe the batsmen pick up his balls a little later, which they normally do from very clean actions. That makes him so much more important."
5. 01:51 SOUNDBITE (English): Bharat Arun, India bowling coach:
(About whether it is the year of the fast bowler)
"Definitely yes over a period of time right from the time we started the tour of South Africa, England and right now. They have done exceptionally well. Recently I was told they had broken the record of the West Indian trio and that speaks volumes of these fast bowlers."
6. 02:19 SOUNDBITE (English): Bharat Arun, India bowling coach:
(About India's bowling pedigree)
"Mentally most Indian cricketers are very tough. As you would know they go through a lot in their childhood and also playing first class cricket. So many cricketers in the competition to reach where they are, you should be mentally tough to reach here. But there was one problem, if you look at it as a problem. Yes, the consistency was a problem with the Indian fast bowlers earlier. There have been great fast bowlers, but then to have a bunch of fast bowlers, I think this the first time India has had a great bunch of bowlers there have been really good bowlers like Zaheer Khan and Kapil Dev, greatest bowlers that India has ever produced earlier, but then having three, four together at the same time it really augurs well for Indian cricket. Now they have proved over the last year that they are fast and they can be mean and they can be consistent. "
7. 03:21 SOUNDBITE (English): Bharat Arun, India bowling coach:
(About the offensive commentary which has reportedly been broadcast at times)
"Well yes, it does hurt you when people make those remarks, but there is nothing you can do about it because it is beyond your control. If you can channel that hurt towards doing better on the field that answers all the questions."
(Reporter: No thoughts of any official complaints about this then?)
Reaction from India bowling coach Bharat Arun after the tourists moved to within two wickets of an emphatic third Test victory as they reduced Australia to 258 for 8 at the close of day four at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.