Cricket Australia knows that it will be difficult to beat India on home soil. But all kinds of preparations are being made with the aim of winning. With the feeling that BCCI is likely to create spin pitches, three pitches suitable for spinners have been prepared at the Karnataka State Cricket Association ground in Aluru and many Aussie cricketers are practicing.
Aussies feel they have a threat with Indian spin ace Ravichandran Ashwin. That’s why Australia is using the services of a 21-year-old spinner named Mahish Pithia, who mimics Ashwin’s bowling action. Duplicate Ashwin bowling Aussies Smith, Labuchane, Travis Head and others practiced on Thursday.
Mahish from Junagadh in Gujarat did not see Ashwin bowling until he was 11 years old. This is because there was no TV in the house until he was eleven years old. Pithia saw Ashwin bowling against the West Indies in 2013 and started idolizing him ever since.
Pithia made his first-class cricket debut for Baroda last December. Australian assistant coach Andre Borovec approached him after seeing footage of Pythia’s bowling on social media. In the four-day training camp, his bowling is facing the Aussie batters. Pritesh Joshi, who was throwing downs to the Australian batters with his side arm, brought Pithia to Andre’s attention. He also introduced Hyderabad spinner Mehrotra Shashank, who was bowling in the training camp for Aussie players, to the Aussie assistant coach.
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