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Prasad chuckles on

cricket Updated: Oct 28, 2008 00:56 IST
Subhash Rajta
Subhash Rajta
Hindustan Times
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Venkatesh Prasad just can't hide that smile on his face. And one doesn't have to look too far to find the reason behind his pleased and satisfied look. The Indian pacemen have left the Aussies completely clueless with their sustained assault and there's nothing more satisfying for a coach than to see his wards eliciting praise from one and all.

And the moment one brings up the issue, especially the reverse swing Zaheer and Ishant have generated, the smile on his face gets wider. "Well, we keep learning new things every day. They are very hard working and pick up things easily," said Prasad.

The former India bowler allows himself a little chuckle when told how the Aussies, too, have been trying to unravel the mystery swing by roughing up the bowl and bowling cross seam during nets. "Really! Well, I am glad if they are doing it…it shows they are under pressure," he said.

"It’s good for us, for it will make them focus on this instead of working on their own game plan. And that should work in our favour," he said. But could they also succeed in getting the prodigious swing by trying it out in the nets? "Let's see, let them try," he chuckled louder.

But how have the Indians managed to master it? Had they been working on it for quite some time? "You just need to go to the under-19 matches and you would know it all," he said, leaving one stumped.