Bowlers must plan to perfection
If you want to sweep someone off the feet, Basin Reserve would be a good place to start. For, there's always a lot of wind going about the ground. And because of the wind, it's a ground that will take a lot of adapting to, both for bowlers and batsmen, more so for the former. Anil Kumble on India's third Test.cricket Updated: Apr 02, 2009 00:59 IST
If you want to sweep someone off the feet, Basin Reserve would be a good place to start. For, there's always a lot of wind going about the ground. And because of the wind, it's a ground that will take a lot of adapting to, both for bowlers and batsmen, more so for the former.
One bowler will have to take on the tough job of bowling into the wind, which can be quite a task for the faster men. Of course, at the same time, it can allow a canny spinner such as Harbhajan or even Vettori to fool the batsmen into playing early with the breeze holding up the ball a bit.
Whatever the conditions - you can expect a bit of rain too in Wellington this time of the year - the final Test is a great opportunity for the Indians to pull off a series win. The rain will make the pitch a little spicier than the earlier ones and it is something that can be taken advantage of, rather than be worried about.
There is one other advantage for the Indians - after three and more days of successive bowling, it will be really tough on the Kiwi bowlers. The key for the Indians will be the manner in which they tackle the threat posed by Jesse Ryder. He has a lot of time to play his shots.
Whenever up against batsman in form, we bowlers tended to get together and think up plans. I am sure Zak and company will be doing the same with Venky leading the way. They will have to come up with a few plans, like maybe trying the short ball for a few overs.
Maybe a mover of the ball like Balaji could prove handy. He tends to pitch the ball up and can bring it in to Jesse and Vettori.
Of course, I am not aware how well Balaji is bowling in the nets and so it's a call only the team management can take. Also it will be a real tough call to take given the fine manner in which Munaf bowled in the first Test.
All said and done, it has to be advantage India. Being 1-0 up and with a highly deserved draw to boot, the confidence in the Indian camp will be high. It is always good to play a full-strength team, more so in a decider.