India will fare better this time: Viswanath

G.R. Viswanath

G.R. Viswanath  


He knows a thing or two about playing fast bowling, so when he says India has enough talent in batting to tackle Australia’s pacemen, it sounds reassuring. Especially when you recall the whitewash Down Under three winters ago.

G.R. Viswanath, who has conquered the meanest of fast bowlers from Dennis Lillee to Michael Holding, believes India’s young batsmen, led by Virat Kohli, will fare much better this time around in the Test series which begins in Adelaide on Tuesday.

“I don’t think India will have as miserable a series as the last one in Australia,” the batting legend told The Hindu here on Sunday. “It is good for India that the first Test is rescheduled to Adelaide, where it is not as difficult for batting as some of the other grounds, like Brisbane or Perth.”

Viswanath, who inaugurated the Ranji Trophy match between Kerala and Goa, said he was also impressed with the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma. “They are talented and play good shots, but should also condition themselves for Test match cricket,” he said. “The current team is a potentially good all-round side, with some fine young pace bowlers.”

He picked Kohli as the batsman he loved to watch most these days. “I like his shots, and the way he places those shots, especially on the on-side,” he said. “What I like most about him is the fact that he is not a flashy player; he plays authentic strokes.”

Beautiful ground

Viswanath was also mighty impressed with the ground here. “This is one of the most beautiful grounds in India, and it is nice to see some grass on the pitch, which we normally do not find.”

He was pleased with the Kerala Cricket Association concentrating on infrastructure. “When I used to play the Ranji Trophy against Kerala, we only had matting wickets,” he said. “But I have pleasant memories about playing against them, including my knock of 159 at Hubli in 1972.”

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