first_imgIndia cricket team bowling coach, Bharat Arun revealed on Tuesday that head coach Ravi Shastri often tells the players to leave their driver’s license at home before joining the team ahead of overseas tours. Speaking exclusively to India Today, Arun said the India pacers were asked to bowl specific lengths to the Australian batsmen, who are known for cutting and pulling at will while the batsmen were reminded of the pitfalls of getting lured into drives, especially in overseas conditions.”As Ravi Bhai would always tell this team… ‘leave you driver’s license at home when you come play for India’. When we came to Australia, he insisted that the Australians are very good on their cut and pull… we are not going to give them any shots to play,” Bharat Arun said.India pacers have been relentless and mean: ArunThe former India cricketer also credited the fast bowlers’ ability to keep themselves fit for their success. Arun also pointed out that the team’s willingness to enjoy each others’ success is its driving force.Notably, the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami consistently delivered for India during their three important overseas tours in South Africa, England, and Australia in the 2018-19 season.Even during the series defeats in South Africa and England, the pacers delivered, picking up 20 opposition wickets on most occasion. The trio picked up 136 wickets in 2018, thereby breaking a 34-year-old record of 130 wickets set by the legendary West Indies trio of Joel Garner, Michael Holding, and Malcolm Marshall for the most wickets in a calendar year by a pace bowling unit.advertisementWhen the batsmen finally joined the party in Australia, Team India was able to create history as Virat Kohli’s men went on to become the first-ever side from Asia to beat Australia at their own backyard in a Test series.”It [the bowling performance] has been outstanding, not only this series but over the one year, it really has been outstanding. They have been bowling fast and they have been relentless and they have been mean over the period of time,” Arun said.”Their fitness levels… that has to be credited with the way they have worked hard on their fitness. Also, they take pride in each other’s performance. They are happy for others’ success. These are the qualities that really drive the team.”Taking confidence from the bowling unit’s performances in whites, Bharat Arun also said India have a well-settled bowling group in the lead up to Cricket World Cup, starting May 30 in England.”We have a great bunch of bowlers. We have good wrist spinners, finger spinners and we have ga ood bunch of fast bowlers plus an all rounder like Hardik [Pandya] in the team. So, yes we have the right mix for the World Cup,” Arun added.While in-form Jasprit Bumrah, who topped the bowling charts in the four-Test series has been rested for the upcoming limited-over series in Australia and New Zealand, Mohammed Siraj and Siddharth Kaul have been named as replacements for the ODI and the T20I series, respectively.India will rely heavily on the wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal while the responsibility of bowling with the new ball will be shared by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah. India have quite a few backup options as all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya along with the likes of left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed are available for selection.Also Read | Indian Premier League 2019 to be played in India from March 23Also Read | India vs Australia: BCCI announces huge cash rewards for Virat Kohli’s history makersAlso Read | Indian batsmen found Jasprit Bumrah ‘one of the most difficult’ to face: Bharat ArunAlso Read | Rishabh Pant now needs to learn how to finish games, says Ravi ShastriAlso See:last_img