Here's how Pakistani pacers helped Virat Kohli and co in Oz ahead of Sydney Test

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | BIPIN DANI
Published Jan 5, 2019, 2:33 pm IST
Updated Jan 5, 2019, 2:33 pm IST
On Wednesday, Kohli and co had faced the trio's bowling in the nets during practice.
Centuries by Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant were key to the visitors getting to a huge total, but a Pakistan bowling trio of Haris Rauf, Abbas Baloch and Salman Irshad helped the visitors prepare for the final Test. (Photo: Deccan Chronicle)
 Centuries by Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant were key to the visitors getting to a huge total, but a Pakistan bowling trio of Haris Rauf, Abbas Baloch and Salman Irshad helped the visitors prepare for the final Test. (Photo: Deccan Chronicle)

Mumbai: Virat Kohli-led India put up an all-round team effort to post a huge total of 622-7 in the ongoing fourth Test against Australia in Sydney.

Centuries by Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant were key to the visitors getting to a huge total, but a Pakistan bowling trio of Haris Rauf, Abbas Baloch and Salman Irshad helped the visitors prepare for the final Test.

 

On Wednesday, Kohli and co had faced the trio's bowling in the nets during practice.

Behind the scenes, though, it was the work of an Indian-Australian coach Sanjiv Dubey, who happens to be the friend of Team India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar.

"I didn't have anything to do directly with the team but this was an outside support which I could help the team", Dubey, who runs a professional cricket academy in Sydney, said over telephone.

"Professional teams prepare as close to what is expected on the match day, and Harris and Salman who bowl consistently above 145kms per hour was something Virat and co. would have appreciated", he added.

Haris Rauf and Salman Irshad, meanwhile, play in Pakistan and both are set to represent Lahore Qalandars team in Pakistan Super League (PSL) this season.

"It was a life-time opportunity for our bowlers to bowl at Virat Kohli", Qalandars’ Chief, Sameen Rana, speaking from Dubai, said.

Interestingly, Abbas Baloch, born in Pakistan but now plays professional cricket in Australia, was hired to face Mitchell Starc with ease by the Indian team management.  

"To emulate Mitchell Strac, I bowled at the nets", the 29-year-old Abbas said.

And remember Starc could claim only Rahane's wicket in 26 overs.

"Kohli and Ravi Shastri, who were watching our bowling from the opposite ends appreciated our efforts. I was honoured and it was my pleasure and dream came true to bowl at Kohli", Abbas signed off.

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