Australia vs India: Knew Gilchrist was weak on the ball pitched up, remembers Praveen Kumar


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Former India quick bowler Praveen Kumar, who helped India clinch the second Tri-series remaining in 2008 at Brisbane with an early three-wicket burst, says he used to catch the batsmen by watching their ft and physique language.

India, having gained the primary of the best-of-three finals, had wanted to win the second to seal the Tri-series for the primary time in historical past.

That they had set a goal of 258, due to Sachin Tendulkar‘s 91, and with the batting line-up that Australia had, it may have been inadequate.

However Praveen lopped off Australia’s cream – Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke to depart Aussies tottering at 32/three. They might by no means get well from there and India gained the match by 9 runs.

“Let me let you know, I may catch a batsman by watching his ft and physique language. That second (Brisbane, 2008) I used to be simply placing on show the artwork that I’ve,” Praveen Kumar advised IANS about his 4 for 46 haul that earned him the person of the match award and India a historic win that obtained them the Tri-series in Australia for the primary time in historical past.

“You see most issues about bowling are easy. I used to be not serious about something. My bowling fashion dictated the areas I’ve to pitch and I used to be watching the wicket and bowling,” he added.

Praveen says he had completed his homework with the assistance of the assist workers, having studied the batsmen.

“‘Gilchrist paidal tha upar waali ball par’ (Gilchrist was weak to the ball that was pitched up),” he explains the thought behind plotting the previous Australian wicket-keeper who was enjoying his final and 287th ODI. Gilchrist poked at a supply that moved away. Aussies had been one down for 2.

“Ponting, they used to say, he pulls the ball effectively. So I stated, ‘isko pull par hello nikaalna hai’ (allow us to catch him on the pull),” he says earlier than explaining the easy logic.

“No matter is the energy of somebody, can be his weak point. I bowled quick, he pulled and was caught at quick mid-on (by Yuvraj). I’ve obtained Ponting out thrice, as soon as in Nagpur – there earlier than he may realise the ball had hit the pad and he was out. It’s about catching the batsman, an individual. You catch a batsman by how he’s enjoying. You want brains for that. In Ponting’s case, I believed let me attempt a brief one.”

Praveen was, nonetheless, a tad fortunate with the third one – of Clarke.

“‘Maine ball dabaai aur wo baith gayee’ (I pushed the ball on the pitch and it did not rise and went on at a really low trajectory). I obtained a bit fortunate there. The pitch helped me on that one. However I’m happy with the way in which I obtained Gilchrist. When a bowler makes use of his fingers (artwork) and mind, he can bowl even when he has simply gotten up from sleep. You’ll naturally catch the nice size when you have it in you. By God’s grace, I had practiced a lot that even when I may rise up from my sleep, I may step out and bowl.”

That evening on the Gabba, Praveen helped create historical past for India along with his artwork and expertise.



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