Ian Bradshaw has, so far, given a good account of himself on his first visit to India. Even though he missed the last game — against Sri Lanka — he was impressive in the two matches he has played. He bowled economical spells against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
As far as his mantra goes, the West Indian medium-pacer says it is all about sticking to the basics and applying constant pressure on the batsmen.
A late entrant to the international stage, the 32-year-old from Barbados said that pitches in India were still good batting tracks despite the two back-to-back low-scoring games. It should be noted that his team had made 80 against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Saturday while England made 125 against India in Jaipur the next day.
“India is known for good batting tracks,” Bradshaw said on Monday after his team's practice session. “Nothing much has changed. The two low scores do not mean that the tracks are bad. We (bowlers) have to maintain a disciplined line and length and try to put the batters under pressure.”
Bradshaw, who was the match-winner with the bat in the 2004 Champions Trophy final said he and his team were looking forward to the contest against Australia on Wednesday.
“We played against them last month (in the DLF Cup). There were times when we felt we dominated them. Australia are a champion team and will always fight back. We must make sure that we execute our plans as well as it is possible. We believe we have the team to top our group and move into the semifinal.”
With the humiliating loss to Sri Lanka out of their minds, West Indies would be looking start afresh in the group phase. “We realise that to win the tournament, we must do well against all the top teams. Australia are number one and if we can do as well as we expect to do against them, our confidence will be boosted for the rest of the tournament.”
Bradshaw reckons that fast bowlers ought to be encouraged to go flat out in Indian conditions. “Each and every bowler is different.
“There are bowlers who are express bowlers and they should be encouraged to bowl at full pace as that’s what makes them effective.”
When he faces the top teams in the next round, Bradshaw can hopefully execute what he wants to do — stick to the basics and put the batsmen under pressure.