India effectively strangled Australia with a leg trap to secure an epic 2-1 victory in the Down Under series, bowling coach Bharat Arun revealed on Friday.
Humiliated in Adelaide, where they were shot for a record 36 innings, injury-ravaged India drew in Melbourne before ending a series-for-the-ages win by winning decision maker Brisbane.
It all started with a call from head coach Ravi Shastri five months before the first test started in Adelaide, Arun said.
“Ravi Shastri called me sometimes in July and told me we had to take the Australians offside,” the former try-out player told reporters on a video conference.
“We had our own analysis. Steve Smith and (Marnus) Labuschagne and most of the Australians had a lot of points outside of the cup, the pull and the offside, ”he said referring to the Aussie batting roster.
They had also noted the discomfort of Smith, the mainstay of the Australian stick, with the balls aimed at his body during the Australian series against New Zealand earlier last year.
Ravi said: “I want to make a plan to eliminate the offside for the Australians.” Then we sat down and planned everything.
“We said we were going to attack straighter lines and have a side court so it’s really hard for their batter to constantly clean the side courts. It really worked for us.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was impressed with how India used the leg slip post in Melbourne where Smith, Labuschagne and captain Tim Paine all fell into the trap.
Arun said skipper Virat Kohli, who returned home after losing Adelaide to attend the birth of his daughter, and acting captain Ajinkya Rahane approved the plans, while bowlers stuck to the suggested line. .
India returned to a lively reception on Thursday and Arun said the euphoria would not affect their preparation for the four-test series against England from February 5.
“As our coach R Sridhar said, it took us two days to forget 36 all of them,” said Arun.
“Likewise, we have done an exceptional job in Australia… but we must also forget that and be happy about the English series.”