Australia cricket team, who came for a four match test series to India has won the first test by 333 runs. Thanks to their spin department, who played more than key role.
Steve O’Keefe, who played his first test in India has picked up 12 wickets in the first test in Pune. Well behind Steve’s success, there’s a former Indian cricketer Sridharan Sriram.
In the early 1990s, Sridharan’s name props up for his great spin bowling. He was a prodigious left-arm spinner of rare classical quality and with a fearsome reputation.
Sridharan who is currently in the Australian camp as an assistant coach has played a huge role in the success of Australia’s spin attack. On professional front, Sridharan is happy as his coaching which gave the visiting side a huge win.
“If I talk sense they (Australia team) listen to me if I talk bullshit they don’t, they’ve really been open,” said Sridharan Sriram to ESPNCricinfo.
“They’ve been open to listen first and then obviously I made sense a little bit and they started listening and they started trying out things in the nets and saw that it worked for them and I think that’s how it has gone,” added Sriram.
Sriram said O’Keefe’s success should be attributed to his preparedness and willingness to experiment.
O’Keefe’s figures are the second best by a visiting bowler in India, behind Ian Botham’s 13/108 in Bombay 37 years ago. It was the fifth-cheapest 12-wicket haul in Test cricket.
Former India left-arm spinner Murali Kartik has known Sriram since their Tamil Nadu Under-12 days. And he recalls an intense cricketer who was a great student, both in school and on the cricket ground.
“He was one of the best spinners you’d see at the junior level but then transformed into one of the best players of spin in the country. He played the sweep and reverse-sweep better than most. If you got him out as a spinner you knew you were good. And you knew you’d made it if Sriram rated you as a good spinner,” says Kartik.