Sriram Admires O’Keefe’s Flexibility after Pune Win
Sridharan Sriram, the spin bowling coach for the Australian team, divulged how left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe modified his approach and plan towards the game during lunch break on the second day of the first Test against India at Pune.
Steve broke the strong batting line of Indian team by taking six wickets quickly. During the lunch break he worked on a few things about his bowling technique. This changed the picture of the game and India collapsed from 94/3 to 105 all out. For the second innings, O’Keefe ended with 6 for 35 and India was bowled out for 107. This gave Australia a leviathan victory.
Sriram told media persons that he knew O’Keefe was little disturbed. So he went ahead and had a talk with him. As Steeve was nervous for playing like he used to do in Australia so Sriram assured Steeve that he can do well by going a bit all-rounder.
The spin-back coach said that after Australia’s horrible performance against Sri Lanka last year allowed the team to consider on what things could be done. He even admired the changes made in their squad by adding Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb. He stated that skippers helped a lot as they learned from the Sri Lankan test series. The batsmen also worked well for the game as they spent a lot of time at the crease and trusted their defense and footwork.
He thought that players need to adopt themself according to a given situation in order to become effective. This worked for Steeve as he experimented with the pitch and came out with a new thing every day.