KOLKATA: A multifaceted legend Kapil Dev on Tuesday advised the highly rated Indian speed attack to strengthen itself and not carry away with the outstanding wickets during the four-match test series in Australia starting on Thursday.
Even in the absence of experts Ishant Sharma, the Indian team boasts of a deadly step-bowling attack, led by Jaspirt Bumrah and Mohammed Shami and supported by such people as Umesh Yadav and rookie duo of Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini.
But the legendary pacifist felt the Indians still lacked a bowling experience on Australian pitches.
“Our fast bowlers are not used to bowling on Australian pitches. Sometimes they may get carried away when they see some bounce and start bowling briefly. It is very important to understand their pace and back up their strength,” Kapil said during a virtual session hosted by the Indian Chamber of Commerce this there.
“We may have a very good fast bowling attack at this stage, but they (Australians) know the conditions better than our fast bowlers,” said the 61-year-old former Indian captain, who played 131 Tests between 1978 and 1994, scoring 5248 runs and takes 434 wickets.
The 1983 World Cup winning captain also said that Australia will have a vanguard in the series opening day / night Test in Adelaide as they have played more such matches than India in addition to playing at home.
“Australia definitely has the edge. They play in their backyard. If India were to play a pink ball test in India, I would say 80% of our chances. But Australia have played so many (pink) tests and they understand the conditions. Better under the floodlights. ”
Kapil chose his Indian debut in 1978 as the biggest moment of his career, ahead of the country’s 1983 World Cup victory under his captaincy.
“The biggest moment ever happened for myself was the day I played for India. I would call it 1000 times bigger than winning the World Cup because representing your country has always been a dream. I still love the moment and feel so proud, “he signed out.