ICC WTC Finals: Indian fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar feels being a bit under-prepared brings out the best

The fielding coach in conversation with Press Trust of India (PTI) discussed at length about the preparation for World Test Championship Finals against New Zealand.

Ramakrishnan Sridhar popularly known as R Sridhar, current fielding coach, and a former Indian first-class cricketer while talking to PTI, feels New Zealand has an edge as they will be playing against England before India in the WTC Finals, but being a bit under-prepared brings out the best. Here are some excerpts from the conversation.

India will be playing New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship Final from June 18 and the five-match Test series against England in the month of August – September.

On being asked is the time for preparation enough, he stated,
“I don’t think we have a choice. We would like to make the most of what we get because it all depends on how many days of hard or soft quarantine we are going to have when we are going to land and if at all getting a practice game so I don’t think we have a choice,” Sridhar told PTI.

On bio-bubble fatigue, he explained that adapting would be the key and past experience will count.
“It’s time to be mentally smart, we have a very experienced team going into going to the final. Each guy is capable of adapting to the situation. They have played against New Zealand and played in England. So, I think that experience will count and we will have to come to the fore because we really can’t plan as to how many sessions we want because we only have to take what is given to us,” Sridhar said.

After quarantine, will Indians get adequate time for practice? Does lack preparation affect players? To this Sridhar said –
“…sometimes it can work in our favor as well because that way you’re mentally more ready. It’s like playing with an injury sometimes when you’re injured, you tend to concentrate a little better.

“Sometimes when you’re a little under-prepared, you tend to focus more and maybe that will bring the best out of us as well so that that is the kind of mindset we are going in with,” said Sridhar.

Bowling coach Bharat Arun said the players have been assigned specific tasks while they are at home due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“They have been given specific roles as to what they need to do. But yes, you are restricted because they cannot go out, once we regroup, then we’ll have to see how best we can plan,” said the bowling coach.

As India will be playing New Zealand (in WTC Finals) first and then England, Arun said both teams have an added advantage over India, but how both teams play will determine Indian plans to tackle them.

“England is playing New Zealand before us. So that will give us a good insight into how the New Zealanders are playing in English conditions, and also how the English men are playing right now.

“The present form is extremely important for us to plan and the quarantine period in England would give us enough time to take into consideration all the factors and make plans accordingly,” he said.

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