Team India gets tips from Geoff Boycott

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Geoffery Boycott is known to be a big fan of Indian cricket and the English legend dropped in on the probables in Chennai to give them some valuable tips.

Chennai:

Geoffery Boycott is known to be a big fan of Indian cricket and the English legend dropped in on the probables in Chennai to give them some valuable tips and have a little peptalk with the team ahead of this month's tournament in Sri Lanka. The veteran was on a short two-day assignment but his advice to the Indian batsmen will last a lifetime. "When I was a young boy, senior players used to guide me. Now I have come a full circle," said Boycott. From tips on tackling the rising ball to getting the better of the devil in the wicket through effective copybook strokeplay, India's batsmen seemed keen to hang on to what the legendary player had to offer. "Cover the line a little more, move your feet, get behind the ball, small things, not major problems but if you do these things you'll be a better player," said Hemang Badani. Boycott's visit has also reopened the debate on the need to rope in specialised coaches for each department of the game. Privately, many in the dressing room resent the idea of marching to different drummers. But publicly they don't seem to mind a one-off arrangement like an Ian Healy talking to Parthiv Patel or a Kapil Dev spending time with the boys at the nets. "In modern day cricket it's very important for players to keep learning and the best people to learn from are the former greats. I don't have a problem with that, especially during training camps when there's not much tension around," said coach John Wright. Geoff boycott is clearly no one-day specialist. And while there may not be much correction to do in terms of stance, footwork or sighting the ball, merely practising under the watchful eyes of a one time great, many players believe, is quite reassuring.

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