Australia U-19 cricket World Cup coach Ryan Harris in awe of India’s pace pack
Australia’s former fast bowler Ryan Harris says it is great to talk about India and not about spin for a change. He says the Rahul Dravid-coached side start favourites for Saturday’s final at Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.Updated: Feb 01, 2018 23:12 IST
A highlight of India’s campaign in the under-19 World Cup in New Zealand has been the emergence of young fast bowlers. Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi consistently bowling at 140-145 kph has thrilled Indian fans while sending shivers down the spine of the opposition. (India vs South Africa, 1st ODI, Durban - HIGHLIGHTS)
Such has been the impact of these rookie speedsters from India that even Australian players, who grow up playing fast bowling, seem to be wary of facing them in Saturday’s final.
Former Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris, the Australia Under-19 coach, acknowledged on Thursday the enormity of the challenge his players will face dealing with Indian fast bowlers in the final.
Talking to Cricket Australia (CA), the 38-year-old was effusive in his praise for the young Indian pacers saying he is pleased to see such good fast bowlers coming from a land famous for producing spinners.
“It’s great to be talking about India and not talking about spin. Seeing these guys and watching them on TV, they have got some really good bowlers. They bowl with good pace, beautiful actions. It is fantastic to see some good young fast bowlers coming from India.
“It’s a challenge for our guys. These guys weren’t facing too many guys bowling consistently at 135-140 kph so it’s a great challenge for us. The Indian attack is very good. We need to play them well,” he said.
Harris is also wary of the threat the Indian batting poses for his team. The Australian coach admitted his team will have to run through the Indian top order as soon as possible so that they can put pressure on the middle and lower-order batsmen, who haven’t had much to do in this tournament.
“India are playing some very good cricket. Their batting is very strong at the top. But their lower order has not been exposed. I guess out job is to get through those top-order players and put pressure on the middle- or lower-order that has remained unexposed so far.
“But this strategy can play probably go against you as well. The way they are playing, their top order is getting the job done. It’s not going to be easy to go past them, but that is what we need to try.”
India started their campaign with a 100-run drubbing of Australia at Mount Maunganui and have remained unbeaten. Harris, however, said India have not been challenged so far and that is something Australia can look to do when they clash at the same venue on Saturday.
He said his boys were keen to settle scores.
“It’s nice to have another crack against India... Good thing is now we know what India have got and what they can do.
“India have to be favourites since they beat us here. But I don’t worry about these things much. We’ll come out on the day and try to give our best.”
Statistics point to India over Australia. The teams have met in 34 under-19 one-dayers with India winning 20. In World Cups, India have won three of the five matches. In under-19 one-dayers between the teams played in Australia too India hold a 9-7 win/loss record.