Bowling coach sought for Indian team

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:54 IST

After Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar and Kiran More, it's now the turn of TA Sekar to join the chorus on Indian team's need for a bowling coach.

Chennai:
After Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar and Kiran More, it's now the turn of T A Sekar, Chief Coach (MRF Pace Foundation) to join the chorus on Indian team's need for a bowling coach. Highlighting the case of L Balaji, who bowled well in the Tests against Pakistan this year but struggled in the one-day series, the man behind the success of the MRF Pace Foundation, says it's imperative to have technically sound monitoring of bowlers' progress. "At the bowlers camp in Bangalore we could find that they have drifted away from the basics and got injuries. So definitely fine tuning here and there, will help them to be more effective and prevent injuries," said Sekar. Dual authority Although Coach Greg Chappell is against any kind of dual authority, he has expressed keenness to tap the resources and expertise of the Pace Foundation to fine tune the skills of our bowlers. Sekar's case is for constant guidance, rather than a one off arrangement like that of Bruce Reid helping out in Australia and guidance not necessarily from big names. "I have really worked on Balaji, Zaheer, Irfan and they have benefitted. My opinion is that irrespective of the name they should get somebody who can deliver the goods and who can tell the players where they are going wrong and how to correct things," said Sarkar. So if India wants to reach its stated objective of improving its Test and one-day ranking in the run up to the 2007 World Cup, a bowling coach may just be the way forward.
Topics : Cricket India
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