Not easy for the batters to step out against Axar Patel: Paras Mhambrey | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Axar Patel gave India a much-needed impetus with his double strike in the last session of Day 4 of the first Test against Bangladesh. India reduced Bangladesh to 272 for 6 at stumps on the penultimate day as the hosts still 241 runs away from the win.
India endured the wicketless first session on Saturday after Bangladesh openers Zakir Hasan (100) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (67) added a record 124 for the first wicket.
With his figures of 3/50, Axar was the pick of the Indian bowlers and bowling coach Paras Mhambrey also heaped praise on the left-arm spinner, saying batters cannot step out against him because of the way he released the ball.
“What really stood out with Axar was the pace that he bowled with. It’s not easy for the batters to step out to him, also the angle he created and the way he released the ball.
“It’s very difficult for the batters to decide whether to leave it or play it, especially where the ball was turning a little bit, you have to play those deliveries, and that’s where he stood out for me,” Mhambrey said.
Mhambrey reckons that his team was rewarded for being patient on a placid track.
“Batting was becoming easy. But we didn’t give away freebies. It’s because of our good bowling in the first session, we were rewarded in the next two sessions,” Mhambrey told reporters after day four’s proceedings.
“It was all about being patient as we knew wicket was going to be easy and it would be hard work (for us). The focus was on hitting the right areas, create the opportunities, even while when there’s a half chance.”
India had declared their second innings at 258 for 2 with less than an hour to go on day three, setting Bangladesh the stiff chase.
“We knew we had enough runs on the board, had the cushion of a big lead. There was no panic whatsover. The dressing room environment was calm.”
“We pulled back picking six wickets next two sessions make little inroads. We still have to be patient. Overall I’m very happy with the way we bowled,” he added.
Kuldeep Yadav made a dream comeback to the Test side after more than 22 months and claimed a five-wicket haul in the first innings.
“It’s lot of work that he has put in. People were discussing about his speed, he’s slower in the air. Credit goes to him, he has made changes to his run up, angles… It allows him to be little quicker in the air. He has been unfortunate the last few years, got a knee injury and got hit in the nets when he returned.”
On Mohammed Siraj, he said, “It’s about the character and attitude he carries. Every game that he plays, he gives you that opportunity, even on a placid track like this, he created opportunity.”
(With PTI Inputs)


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