The world’s biggest Test competition at the moment, India and Australia are all set to clash in the 4-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy, starting on Thursday, February 9. To counter Ravichandran Ashwin in the Test series, the Australian batsman is practicing against off-spinner’s duplicate Mahesh Pithia. Those who were removed from Gujarat.
While much has been written and said about Australia’s unique preparedness. Former India leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan recalled a similar incident during Australia’s tour of India in 1997-98.
The build-up to the 1997–98 India vs Australia Test series resembled a battle between Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar.
Sivaram Krishnan recounted how the former India batsman called him to a camp mainly to replicate the late great Australian’s deliveries and help him prepare for the series.
Sivarama Krishnan said most people wonder about the exact purpose of those training sessions. I was never going to copy Shane Warne. No one can copy another bowler.
At that time there were no video analysts to assist the team. Sivaram Krishnan pointed out how Tendulkar’s reaction helped him to recreate Warne’s deliveries.
Gone are the days when you didn’t have video analyzers. We talked a lot. He gave me feedback from his experience of facing Warne. Sachin very clearly described the movement of the ball. The pitch that Warne could generate.
Sivaramakrishnan further revealed that] Tendulkar had planned to take on Warne. Who used to focus on making the rough patches outside the leg stump.
They roughened the surface by scraping it very hard. The groundsman was not happy with our plan. So we decided that we will use only one pitch for the week-long session. The pitch became very difficult to bat on the third or fourth day, he recalled.