Hendrick~~s tips make Balaji perfect

Published: Tuesday, June 8, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore :Speedster Laxmipathy Balaji said on Tuesday that tips from former England fast seamer Mike Hendrick has enabled him to smoothen his rhythm, bowling action and delivery style -- more like Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan.

Balaji said during a break in the fitness camp for pace bowlers in Bangalore that he had six sessions with "very supportive" Hendrick during a recent visit when he was part of a company team (Chemplast Sanmar) that played against Nottingham County.

Describing his interaction with Hendrick as "very good", the Tamil Nadu youngster, who was the revelation of the recent tour to Pakistan, said the tips pertained to having a pause in the delivery style, smooth run-up, rhythm, gradually increasing the pace and making the batsman wait for balls.

"It's like what Srinath and Zaheer are doing....I have been trying to get that," he added.

Balaji said he is currently working on his line and according to Balaji, the forthcoming four-Test series against Australia at home is very important and it's going to be very tough for everyone.

"Last season was very good; we have to recreate the performance," he said.

Balaji said as the coming season is going to be hectic, he would try to get into top shape at the ongoing camp and overcome the lag in fitness during the off-season.

"I want to prepare for the coming Asia Cup and Test series against Australia," he said.

Balaji, who has been credited with the feat "winning matches and hearts" during the Pakistan tour, had underwent a three-week training recently where the focus was on swimming and cycling and not on bowling at all.

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