India in Zimbabwe 2016 June 17, 2016

Conditions, IPL experience help Sran rediscover swing

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Barinder Sran had an underwhelming debut series in Australia, where he took three wickets at an average of 56.66 and gave away 6.45 runs an over. But in India's three-ODI series against Zimbabwe, the left-arm seamer took four wickets at 24.75, at an economy rate of 4.12, and showcased a new weapon - an inswinger that was a source of discomfort for Zimbabwe's batsmen. Ahead of the T20I series that begins in Harare on Saturday, Sran said he had consciously worked on getting his wrist position right.

"It's the difference in the conditions [between Australia and Zimbabwe]," Sran said. "I changed the seam position a bit, made some changes to my action because I'm looking to swing the new ball. So I'm not putting in too much effort, because if I do that, I lose my wrist position and it reduces the swing."

Sran had erred frequently in his line and length in Australia, and his bouncers were largely ineffective. But in Zimbabwe, he has mostly stuck to a fuller length. "[In Australia], I had a problem in my shoulder because of which I couldn't perform to my potential. So I was under some pressure," Sran said. "I didn't have much IPL experience either then, I had played only one IPL match, and even in the Ranji Trophy, only 10-11 matches. Still, everybody supported me and that felt good.

"Nothing much has changed, because in Australia, there was a huge difference in the kind of wickets. It was quite hot there and they were good batting wickets, whereas here, there is some help for the bowlers. I have just been focusing and working on those areas where I'm weak, like when I was trying to swing, the ball wasn't coming back in, so I worked on that regularly. In the IPL too, [Ashish] Nehra paaji and Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar Kumar] bhai were with me, they taught me seam position and supported me in all aspects from the beginning. For two-three days, I went to Chandigarh as well and met my coach Amit Uniyal and worked with him."

The performances in Zimbabwe have been a step forward after his struggles in Australia, but Sran acknowledged that work was needed before he can be considered ready for Test cricket. "To get there, I need to be consistent and bowl one line and length," he said. "I need to improve a lot, I need to improve my pace and fitness level. I will work towards achieving these in the next season."

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  • SamRoy on June 18, 2016, 5:43 GMT

    Sran is still green but has a lot of potential. Like Yuvraj said a very young Zaheer but a yard slower. At least he can swing it back into right handers, a skill which Zaheer took two years in international cricket to develop. Zaheer had the inswinger to the left-hander when he began his career so when he developed the inswinger to right hander ; he could swing it both ways to the left hander and he became the most difficult left arm seamer bowler for a left handed batsman to face since Wasim Akram. But Sran needs to add a yard of pace and improve his fielding a lot.

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on June 17, 2016, 17:55 GMT

    Sran still looks like incomplete product. Watched all his internationals and IPL. He has a decent slower one and good swing. Needs to work on his consistency with line and length . Luckily for Sran he was in SRH team which was filled with bowlers who could help him out in difficult scenarios. He rarely bowled as attacking option . Since he fitted team requirements for SRH it was good performance. Coming to playing for India he wouldn't have luxury like bowling for SRH. SRH as we all remember was best bowling team in IPL 2016 (may be all time too for pacers) but Team India bowling vows have been well documented. For him to survive and make name at national level consistently he needs to work more on his swing in beginning overs . His worst nightmare is FIELDING which he needs to improve drastically. He has all ingredients from raw Indian Pacer. Lets see if he goes out like other pacers or makes his mark internationally . Indian coaching staff has a tradition messing up YOUNG SEAMERS!

  • ChiragPathak on June 17, 2016, 15:27 GMT

    Sarn is very potential and talented bowler. Imagine him being a fit all the time as he is retired ex boxer. I just worry that he will loose his pace in a search of a swing. Most of the Indian bowler do this mistake and then disappear. (Bhuvi, Munaf, Path an, VinayKumar, Pravin, Balaji and many more did same mistake)

  • chanraj on June 17, 2016, 14:51 GMT

    The difference between Aus and Zim is not the conditions or his new inswingers, it is the quality of the opposition. His stats are not great in the Zim tour either. When the average runs per wicket against Zim was about 13-14 he still averaged at 24, not impressive.

  • singhvivek141 on June 17, 2016, 14:26 GMT

    Sran needs to add some pace in his armory as well as need to build up the stamina. He starts the spell at 132-137k's but in the second spell he falls down at 125-130. Definitely not suitable in the international cricket against big nations. He has good build and height, and can extract the bounce of the pitch. Bowling coaches needs to advice him on how to use that for his own advantage.

  • Naresh28 on June 17, 2016, 12:36 GMT

    Good on Sran. A bowler should evolve and work on weaknesses. This is one bowler who was backed by selectors and has done all the good work.He needs to continue and do the job left behind by Nehra.

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