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India to change approach at the wicket after Ollie Pope's success

India wicketkeeper Srikar Bharat revealed that India have been working on their sweeps and reverse sweeps after watching Ollie Pope make such great use of the areas behind square.

The tourists utilised the strokes to great effect as they claimed a memorable victory in the first Test, with Ollie Pope’s brilliant 196 hailed as a masterclass by none other than Rahul Dravid.

India’s head coach is the fourth highest run-scorer in Test history and an expert in sub-continental batting, but his side have looked to the visitors for lessons on how to operate in their own conditions.

Their batters have been seen honing their sweeps, reverse sweeps and scoops in the nets over the past 48 hours in what could signal a change of approach.

Wicketkeeper Srikar Bharat said: “They really played very well, credit to them, Pope really played good shots.

“In our team meetings we spoke about the things we could have done better. We certainly have a few plans and we’re definitely looking at the way they went about the first game. Playing some reverse (sweeps), that’s something we’ve worked on. We have our set plans now.

“In cricket and in any sport you have to learn and move forward. Playing in India, we play a lot of cricket on these tracks; it’s not that we don’t know how to sweep, reverse sweep or paddle, but on a particular day, depending on the situation of the team, we as batters take our calls.”

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