Melbourne: Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun is of the view that left-arm orthodox bowler Ravindra Jadeja is capable of leading India's spin bowling attack.
The coach said that the way the bowler has matured over the years, one could easily say that he is fit to lead the team's spin attack. The comment came in the backdrop of Jadeja's impressive performance on Day Four of India's ongoing third Test against Australia where he picked up three wickets with an economy rate of 2.56.
Speaking at a Post-match press conference, Arun said: "Jadeja has matured a lot over the years. What he has done in the last one or two years, he has gained a lot of confidence. The way he performed in the lone Test that he played against England, we can be quite confident that Jadeja can lead the Indian spinning attack".
Crediting the Indian domestic cricket circuit for a remarkable improvement in the bowlers, the coach said that unfavourable pitch condition for fast bowlers back home helped the pacers to evolve different methods to be efficient.
"Indian bowlers back home, use the old bowl very well. Fast bowlers there can make an impression only if they learn to move the old ball or reverse the old ball. Domestic structure in India has really helped these fast bowlers evolve", he said.
During the third Test, Australian commentator Kerry O'Keeffe had run down Indian debutant's Ranji Trophy triple century by saying that it came against a "Railways Canteen Staff XI". Commenting on the same, Arun said that such statements do "hurt".
"Well, it does hurt you when people make such remarks but there is nothing you can do about it because it is beyond your control. If you can channelise that hurt towards doing better on the field, that answers all the questions," Arun said.
When asked if the team management is thinking of filing an official complaint, the coach said, "Right now, no."
Indian are just two wickets away from victory in the Melbourne Test as Australia, while chasing a target of 399, managed a total of 258 at the loss of eight wickets by the end of Day four of the match....