Sran credits IPL for improved form


India fast bowler Barinder Sran believes his experiences in the IPL, and a change of action are behind his recent resurgence.

Sran has rediscovered his inswinger in Harare, and picked up four wickets in three ODIs at an average of 24.75.

The left-armer looked average when making his debut in Australia earlier this year, and while Zimbabwe haven't been the toughest of opponents, Sran looks to be back on track to make an impact on international cricket.

The quick has accredited the improvements to work done on his action, saying: "I changed the seam position a bit, made some changes to my action because I am looking to swing the new ball. So I am not putting in too much effort, because if I do that, I lose my wrist position and it reduces the swing,"

The paceman has apportioned blame for his poor showing down under to an injury, claiming: "(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 also feels his lack of experience was a factor: "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."

The 23-year-old feels playing with Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has helped him and believes conditions in Zimbabwe have also been a factor, saying: "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 am 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, Nehra paaji and Bhuvi 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 youngster still feels he has a lot to learn before he can make the step up to Test cricket, saying: To get there, I need to be consistent and bowl one line and length. 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."

Sran will be hopeful of continuing his good form as India meet Zimbabwe in three T20Is, at the Harare Sport's Club.