India’s bowling coach, Bharat Arun, hailed his current lot of fast bowlers for their overseas performances this year and emphasized on "consistency" as the most important factor while bowling in Australia.
India's pace attack, comprising of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma, claimed 14 of 20 Australian scalps in the first Test in Adelaide, thus keeping the hosts under check in both their innings.
Asked if this was India's best bowling attack of all time, Arun said, "So far, yes. I can say that not only now, [based on] what they did in Adelaide, but what they've done over a period of time, in South Africa, in England and now in Australia. This is probably the best group of fast bowlers India has had."
While India's bowlers have tasted success in Australia in the past, it has come in patches of brilliance rather than in an extended display of consistency. That, according to Arun, has been the biggest change over the last few seasons.
"I think consistency was a big issue earlier," said Arun ahead of the second Test in Perth. "That's something we have addressed with the bowlers. This is something they've really worked very hard on. They have responded well."
Arun also praised off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who played an instrumental role in India's 31-run victory over the hosts.
"Spinners mature a lot with age, maybe they're like wine. Ashwin has been really good. He gave us the control in the last match.
“Bowling close to 90 overs for 147 runs and six wickets – you can't ask for anything more. That's the job he was entrusted with and I thought he did that exceptionally well."
While India have taken a 1-0 lead in the series, Arun expects Australia to comeback hard in Perth.
"We are aware that it’s their home conditions. Also, we're aware of the fact that Australia will be coming hard at us now. But we will stick to the plan that works for us."