India need tail to wag in Caribbean


India bowler, Amit Mishra, has revealed that India's coaching staff are targeting contributions with the bat from the teams bowlers in the West Indies.

The leg spinner will also be looking to learn from new coach, legendary leggie, Anil Kumble.

Speaking after a training session ahead of the Caribbean tour, Mishra said: "The team is giving lot of importance to tail-enders – bowlers – to get runs, so as to slacken the spirits of the opposition and help gain advantage over them,"

The pitches in the West Indies are expected to be a real mixed bag, and India may have to adapt on the fly, but Mishra hopes his team will be able to execute their plans, saying: "Our main focus will be to acclimatise to the conditions and perform to the best of our abilities. More than the technical aspects, team's focus is on planning – on how to execute the strategies,"

As a spinner Mishra has already had a long history of interactions with Kumble, saying: "I have been interacting with Anil Kumble for the last 15 years. He always tells me to add variations and that's what I am trying to do."

The tweaker has said that the whole team is rallying behind rookie pacer Shardul Thakur: "Whatever help he requires we are ready to give. I think he is very happy at this kind of setup, especially having Anil Kumble and others in the side,"

India clash with the West Indies in four Tests, getting underway in July.