New Delhi:After the triumph in the Twenty20 World Cup, the series against Australia was a big test for the Indians.
And the bowlers showed some character in the not so friendly Indian wickets.
With seven wickets from the as many one-dayers, Irfan Pathan wasn't the most successful Indian bowler in the ODI series against Australia. He wasn't the fastest either and didn't even get the new ball.
But, the 22-year-old Baroda lad is a satisfied man. He performed his new role to perfection by providing breakthroughs at crucial junctures.
"I am very happy. Even during the Australian series at home, I was consistent. I bowled quite well. The way I am bowling right now my role has been changed. I might not get many wickets but I have to try and be as economical as possible," said Pathan.
His colleague RP Singh wasn't that economical though, giving away nearly seven runs an over in the four ODIs that he played. But, the 21-year-old left-armer did catch many Australian batsmen off-guard with his swing and pace at times.
He's now eagerly looking forward to the series vs Pakistan next month.
"My accuracy, pace and fitness have improved. The support staff has been very helpful. The Pakistan team will have a plan against me but we will try to outwit them," RP Singh.
The series in Pakistan will definitely witness a lot of aggression. But the biggest challenge lies when the Indians tour Down Under later this year, especially with Andrew Symonds warning Indians of a backlash when the Men in Blue land there in December.
"What he meant by heat was that it is summer in Australia. So (we) will face it and maybe train in sleeveless and have fun," said S Sreesanth, Team India member.
But, much tougher tests await captain MS Dhoni and his men in the coming months. Pakistan want to avenge their loss in the Twenty20 World Cup and the Aussies their dented pride.