Australian spinners Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon may have ruled the roost against India at Pune. Bur former Australian off spinner Jason Krejza feels the road ahead will not be as easy for the Aussie spinners.
Krejza, it may be recalled claimed figures of 8 for 215 in his debut Test against India in Nagpur in the 2008 series. The 34-year-old felt, India won’t prepare rank turners for the rest of the series.
"The Australian spinners -- Nathan and Steve -- were very good in the first Test but the Indian batsmen were quite disappointing as well. Going forward, I do see wickets taking turn, but it's not going to be as bad as it was in Pune. I feel the wicket in Bengaluru will be a sporting one which will last for five days," Krejza was quoted as saying in The Times of India.
Krejza went on to add that Nathan and Steve's impact won’t be as big as the series progresses. "The duo's impact will probably not be to the extent we saw in Pune. I think the spinners are going to be the key but on wickets such as the one in Bengaluru, the pacers will have a say as well," he further added.
According to him, Aussie spin duo will have to show a lot of patience going forward. "It's going be a test of patience for the spinners when conditions won't necessarily suit them. They both will have to set strong fields, bowl tight lines and be patient. There could be periods of play where our spinners would have to be a bit more defensive too. I don't think they would get as much spin in the first 2-3 days. However, there would be assistance for them going into the 4th and 5th days," he explained.
Like many others, Krejza also Monty Panesar’s tips have helped. "I feel it is important to have someone who can guide you, and tell you what has to be done on Indian conditions. Monty has had success bowling in India and his inputs have come in handy," Krejza added.
--By A Cricket Correspondent