Ishant needs proper guidance: Prabhakar

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Lack of guidance is the main reason behind Ishant Sharma's inconsistent performance in international cricket in recent time, feels Manoj Prabhakar.

Updated: February 21, 2010 17:49 IST
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New Delhi:

Lack of guidance is the main reason behind India's fast bowler Ishant Sharma's inconsistent performance in international cricket in recent time, feels former pacer Manoj Prabhakar.

Prabhakar while launching a veiled attack on the national level bowling coaches said the lanky pacer has been facing problems but no one could really help him in rectifying those.

"Ishant is doing wrong bowling for quite sometime now but why could not anyone tell him what the problem actually he has?," Prabhakar said.

Prabhakar however chose not to speak much on the issue. The Delhi bowler has been struggling for quite some time and was dropped for the tri-series in Bangladesh before making a comeback for the South Africa series.

Prabhakar was of the view that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team seriously lack a good bowling department which can help them win more matches and be more consistent.

"Our batting department is no doubt a good one today, but the bowling section is not efficient enough to defend a target or help their batting colleagues. Everybody is today talking about our bowling concerns," Prabhakar said.

"I think, we don't have just two-and-a-half bowlers in our pace department and we should concentrate on building up the bench strengths without any delay," Prabhakar added.

The 46-year-old, who was here as the chief selector of Gatorade pace bowling talent hunt programme, was quick to point out that quality coaches should be deputed at all level including the National Cricket Academy.

"Only grassroot level activities are not enough. There should also be capable coaches at the higher levels so that the talents could benefit.

"Bowlers like RP Singh, Praveen Kumar and Ishnt are showing a declining trend after playing in international standard for few days only, why should this happen when a bowling coach is working with the national team?," he said.

Asked about appointment former South Africa coach Eric Simmons as India's bowling consultant on temporary basis, Prabhakar said only a long term appointment could help the cause.

"I don't know what he can do in such a short period. Whoever is coming he should be given a long period if we want to see any result," Prabhakar said.

Simmons, who joined the Indian team in Bangladesh during the recent Test series, will guide the team till the end of ongoing series against South Africa.

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