New Delhi, January 22
India kept the likes of Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar and Thangarasu Natarajan back in Australia after the limited-overs leg of the tour. After India were depleted by a string of injuries during the Test series, all three ended up playing the Brisbane Test and did rather well.
“After the ODI series most of them were supposed to go back but somehow, we thought in case anything happens to a player then it would be impossible for anyone to come because of the (quarantine) restrictions,” Bharat Arun said. “So, we said we will manage with everyone here and because they were with us for a period of time, they were able to understand what it demands to be successful in Australia and work on those lines.”
The support staff made sure even the net bowlers like Sundar got to bat in the nets. As it turned out, the 123-run stand between him and Thakur for the seventh wicket in the first innings allowed India to fight back in Brisbane. “Washington, though he was a net bowler, used to bat every day for half an hour. We needed to spend extra hours in the net but we needed to give each and everyone the attention. In the end it paid off,” said Arun.