Left-arm pacer Barinder Sran is one bowler who got the Indian selectors excited with his talent. Seen as someone who can fill in the shoes of former Indian left-arm quickie Zaheer Khan with his swinging deliveries, Barinder has got the backing of the Indian think-thank and is seen as the one being groomed for the future. After the ODI and T20 series stint against Zimbabwe, the 23-year-old Barinder is travelling to Australia as the leading bowler for India ‘A’ team which will be competing in a quadrangular one-day series and two four-day matches.
Speaking with HT, Barinder said that he wants to make most of Australian wickets which are likely to assist seamers and also establish his credentials in the four-day games.
He said, “It will be winters in Australia. It will be great bowling on sporting wickets and conditions conducive for the seamers. The Australia ‘A’ will be well prepared too. It will be challenging bowling to your strength at a well-prepared opposition. I am looking to deliver the goods in the four-day games and make an impression. It is every bowler’s dream to play Test cricket, having already made entry to ODI and T20 Indian teams, I am yearning to be in the Test team too.” India ‘A’ takes on Australia ‘A’ on August 14 in the first match in Townsville. Besides India ‘A’ and Australia ‘A’, other two teams are South Africa ‘A’ and the National Performance Squad.
Barinder made his ODI debut for India against Australia in Perth at the start of the year while his T20 debut came against Zimbabwe at Harare two months ago. His T20 debut also turned out to be successful one as he captured four wickets. Punjab’s Barinder impressed in Zimbabwe as he rediscovered his swing after recovering from a shoulder injury. Although, he feels that he needs to add more pace in his armoury to be more affective. He admits to be a bit tentative to do so as he does not want to put more pressure on his shoulder.
He said, “I am bowling at 135km/hour comfortably. I need to add 3 to 4 steps in the run-up and add more pace to my bowling. I am not trying to do that at the moment as I do not want to stress my shoulder. But I will be doing so in coming months and aim is to touch 140 km/hour.”
Barinder, also attended a week-long conditioning camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru as part of India ‘A’ team under coach Rahul Dravid. Due to the fact that the India ‘A’ team will be playing in the four-day matches with pink balls, the Indians were exposed to pink balls in the camp.
“I did not enjoy bowling with the pink balls during camp in Bengaluru. Let’s see how the ball behaves in Australia. The four-day games take place next month, so we have a lot of time to get used to the conditions and the pink balls there. It would be fantastic if they swing more than the red ball,” added the lanky Barinder.
The quadrangular series will have 18 matches, across Mackay, Brisbane and Townsville. India ‘A’ will compete in quadrangular series throughout August in Townsville and Mackay, followed by two four-day matches against Australia ‘A’ in early September in Brisbane.