Never play to spin on the spinning throws, turn the strike: Gaekwad | Cricket News

AHMEDABAD: Former Indian drummer Anshuman Gaekwad was considered a “ wall ” during his playing days for his ability to beat with patience and determination, to be in Sabina Park in Jamaica against a furious attack in the West Indies, or against the Pakistan on a field of Jallandhar where batting was difficult.
Gaekwad, also a former Indian coach and head selector, spoke to IANS during the second and third India-England Tests, played in Chennai and Motera, in which the batsmen struggled. It’s no surprise that a lack of patience – a quality Gaekwad oozed with the crease – disappointed him.
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How do you play on pitches like Motera, Ahmedabad?
Never play to light such wickets. On a good wicket you can pick a line and put your bat in it, the ball will come and hit your right bat. But here when you don’t know if the ball will come straight or spin, it’s always good to play for a straight ball because even if it spins you will probably only get beaten. But if you are playing for the round then you are leaving a big gap between the bat and the pad. Also, you don’t push the stick towards the ball. Keep it near the pillow. Do not remove it from your body. If you do, you’ll end up in trouble.
Do you think the stick was poor in the third test at Motera?
The drummers of both camps hit very badly. Everyone who came out, in my opinion, got out. They weren’t wicket bullets. They came out playing bad shots. At the end [third] Test match, if you see, out of 30 wickets, 21-22 fell to straight balls. You’ve seen all the top drummers stretch, but not completely. On a cornering track you have to fully stretch because that way you can reduce the spin. You don’t let it run. If you get close to the ball, you don’t let it spin. Choosing the line is very important. You don’t cross or stray from the line.
How difficult is it to sweep those counters?
It all depends on your ability to sweep. Normally you sweep the ball that is on the outside of the stump or on the outside of the leg stump. If you sweep a straight ball, the moment you miss, you’re gone. Your judgment must be very, very perfect when it comes to the sweep.
On such tracks, not only sweeping but also playing cover disc, square disc, late cut, on disc everything has to be precise. If you’re in doubt, you just don’t make a move. The Indian and English drummers played predetermined shots, the way they came out. They would come on the front foot and would play for the turn, but they left a lot of space between the bat and the pad and they got out.
What is the safest shot to play on such surfaces?
You have to wait for the stray bullet. If you don’t understand, try both i.e. rotate strike. I would say the best way is to run the strike. This way you are also disturbing the bowler. You see, bowlers are not bowling machines. They will try something different, a short ball, a half volley. It’s all about patience. You have to tire the bowlers and beat patiently. Make the bowler think and when he makes a mistake, score points.
What made someone love Rohit sharma Click on?
He made scoring so easy. Rohit got points because his shot selection was good. He played sweeping shots, he played cover, he lifted the ball, played square cuts. You have to be very quick when making adjustments for these shots. This can only happen if you are good at reading the line and trajectory of the ball. Only then will you be in the right position to make a stroke. Otherwise you will be stuck and have a hard time scoring. You must position yourself either to defend, or to leave, or to play a stroke. But you have to be quick. You can’t be 50-50.
When in doubt, you don’t have to make a stroke, you just defend. At such counters you cannot play half-armed. A beater should use the crease. Space must be used.
How would you rate the field for the third test?
I don’t think it was a bad wicket. Just because the ball is spinning doesn’t mean it’s a bad wicket. But I thought the terrain of the second test was more difficult than that of the third test. You could see the dust flying. [Even there] Ashwin and Rohit had hundreds of them. Kohli and Rahane had races. So if you play well, you can score races on such wickets.

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