first_img(REOPENS DEL 38) (REOPENS DEL 38) OKeefe was seen bowling during the second days lunch break with Sriram keeping a close eye on him. He didnt have a good first session when KL Rahul had taken him on. So what did he tell OKeefe at the break, Sriram said: “I came down from the viewing area and I knew he (OKeefe) was a little disturbed. He was walking around. I didnt know whether to really speak to him or not. But the conversation happened and he said I think I need to have a bowl with you in the centre.” “He told me he was a bit nervous to start off and he was in his comfort zone and trying to bowl as he would do in Australia. But, I said Sok (OKeefes nickname), what do you think you need on this wicket? and he said I need to go a little bit rounder and quicker. And I just said to him go for it mate because you know what you can do and you know what you need to do. Just go for it. And I think he adapted beautifully.” Sriram said when he wasnt directly working with OKeefe, he was still tracking his Sheffield Shield performances on Cricket Australias website. “I have not been with him right through. Ive seen him in patches. But the good thing is, you can even follow him bowling in the Sheffield Shield game because I can see it on Cricket Australias website. I can see what hes doing. “So Ive been following him quite a bit in that I have watched even some games live, Ive watched the Sheffield Shield games. So, I think he wanted it badly. He knew that he was the sort of sub-continent expert that the Australians were looking for and he knew that he had to play over here, so I think he sort of stepped up to that beautifully.” Talking about the teams preparation in Dubai, Sriram said: “You prepare for the worst. Then if you get the best, you go for it. But I think the preparation in Dubai was excellent. We prepared different tracks. We made a rough. We made rank turners. We made slow and low pitches. So I think it was a great preparation in terms of trying different surfaces and being prepared for whatever you get.” On a lighter note, he was asked if this was the worst pitch that he has seen, the former Tamil Nadu stalwart said, “I cant speak about one particular match. But Ive seen worse than this. I can tell you.” PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more