'India need to work harder on bench strength'

Published: Friday, July 2, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Chandigarh :Pakistani fast bowling great Waqar Younis on Friday said India needed to work harder to groom its young players in order to have a strong bench strength, a determining factor for quality sides in modern-day cricket.

Drawing parallels with world champions Australia, Waqar said the Aussie bench was stronger than the playing eleven.

"India is working hard on Under-17 players, but they need to work harder," Waqar said in Chandigarh.

The Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1992, Waqar said he was open to coaching youngsters who were willing to learn and had the right action.

"I will be happy to offer tips to somebody who wants to learn and had a right bowling action. I don't mind coaching young players as I have played enough cricket," he said adding that the stress in modern-day bowling was on line and length rather than on sheer pace.

"Bowling in present day cricket is not limited to pace and aggression. The time of pace and aggression in bowling is over. Now the bowlers must concentrate on line and length," he said while noting that none of the Test playing nations these days could boast of having genuine swing bowlers.

Waqar was in Chandigarh for a promotional campaign for ESPN-Star Sports who have signed the bowler as an expert commentator.

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