T20 World Cup: West Indies series will help us in identifying our bowling attack, says India bowling coach Paras Mhambrey
T20 World Cup: In order to determine the team’s bowling attack for the next T20 World Cup in Australia, India bowling coach Paras Mhambrey is observing the team’s current T20 International series against the West Indies.
“It’s all part of our preparation for the (T20) World Cup. Right now, we are looking at different options that we have and giving opportunity to youngsters to find out who does the job for us,” Mhambrey told reporters after the second T20 which India lost by five wickets on Monday night.
“It’s easier to kind of plan that way,” he added.
Mhambrey welcomed the young Indian bowling lineup, which also included the more seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar and players like Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh.
“Very happy with the potential they have shown. The last couple of games we played, Arsh and Avesh have shown their ability to perform under pressure and it is something I am very happy with,” he said.
“What impresses me most is the fact that how much they want to learn and improve every single day. When you are a coach, it is a two-way communication. That makes the job easier to have a dialogue with the bowlers and vice versa.
“Yes, we will try different stuff, different players. You have (Jasprit) Bumrah not out here. (Mohammed) Shami as well. But I look at all this as an opportunity for the young bowlers to prove themselves,” he added.
The 23-year-old Arshdeep, who once again turned in a polished performance (1/26 from 4 overs) in the second T20I, received a lot of appreciation from Mhambrey.
“I have been watching him for a long time, especially since the IPL. Something that really stood out was his ability to deliver under pressure,” Mhambrey stated.
“If you look at how he goes about, he bowls (in) the first powerplay and also in the death. In terms of the composure he has shown (so far), it has been fantastic,” he added.
Despite the batting unit’s below-average performance, Mhambrey claimed there were many lessons to be learned from the most recent game.
“We did not have many runs on the board. But, that is the way it is. This format is like that. You go out there and still perform. The idea initially was to try and pick up the wickets.
“Thanks to the bowlers, the way we bowled, the spinners…(Ravindra) Jadeja bowled his full spell. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar) as well. So, everyone contributed. It went down to the wire. But that is how this format is,” he said.