Indian bowling, fielding needs improvement, feels Azhar

Published: Sunday, February 16, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Hyderabad: In a guarded comment on the Indian cricket teams performance in the ongoing South Africa World Cup former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin said, "Bowling and fielding are the two areas the team should concentrate more." When asked to comment on the dismal nine wicket defeat of India against Australia, the stylish batsmen evaded any reply saying that he 'did not watch the game'.

"However Indian team needs improvement in bowling and fielding," Azhar known for his agility in the field said while unveiling 'world's largest cricket bat' at a private club on Saturday. On the team's chances to making it to the next grade, Azhar made no remarks saying, "At this stage I cannot make any comments. All I can say is we need to have confidence in our players," Azhar, who earlier played a cricket match as alumni of Nizam College, said in an informal chat at Country Club.

The cut out of the bat, measuring 150 feet in length and 22 feet in width was unveiled by Azhar while cricket lovers and celebrities signed on the bat wishing good luck to the touring Indian team. Claimed to be the world's biggest bat, weighing about 4,000 kg, organisers say that they would approach Guinness Book of World Records for an entry.

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