Australia’s bowling attack in the Brisbane Test included Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green and Nathan Lyon. Of these, Green was playing his fourth Test match. The total Test experience of these four was 254 matches. Mohammed Siraj (Navdeep Saini), Shardul Thakur, Shardul Thakur, and Washington Sundar and T. Natarajan (T Natarajan), who were making their debut, were just nine.
Although the experience of the Indian team was less but freshly elevated. Along with this, the team had also made a strategy for this. Mohammad Siraj said that the Indian pace trio was trying to maintain pressure from both ends.
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The Indian team did not have its first choice bowler. Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar did not come to Dora and Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah were ruled out of the last match due to injury.
Siraj made his Melbourne Test debut and Shardul played just one match in which he bowled 10 balls. Navdeep Saini also had the experience of the same match. At the same time Natarajan was making her debut. Siraj was the leader of a less experienced bowling attack. He made his plan with Shardul.
‘Certainly the team was under pressure because many big players were injured’
Siraj told our affiliate website Times of India.com from Hyderabad, ‘Shardul and I sat in Brisbane and made a plan how we can put pressure on them. Certainly the team was under pressure as many big players were injured. Many of our big players were not playing due to injury. But the way the support staff supported us, anything was possible. ‘
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Siraj played an important role in India’s historic 2–1 Test series in Australia. Siraj, 26, took 5 wickets in the second innings of the Brisbane Test.
‘If you build pressure, the batsmen certainly make a mistake’
Siraj said, ‘Our plan in bowling was to create pressure on both sides. If you create pressure, the batsman definitely makes a mistake. That’s what happened. We put pressure and the Australian batsmen lost their wickets. We (Shardul, Natarajan, Saini and Siraj) put balls on the area where we kept pouring continuously. We did not want to give more runs. I would also like to give more credit to Saini, despite the injury he came back on the field. He is a brave bowler.
29-year-old fast bowler T Natarajan first went to Australia as a net bowler. Under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane, Team India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after beating Australia 2–1 in their home in the Test series.