"Pathan is a very good quality bowler who wants to dominate the batsmen. He is fantastic. But there was no need for the media hype, which proved too much for the youngster," Prasad said in Kolkata today (May 18, 2005).
Prasad said that the media even went to the extent of comparing Pathan with cricketing legend Kapil Dev as an all-rounder after the Baroda-based pacer scored a couple of half-centuries.
"Before making such comparisons, one should watch a player in the top (flight) of the game for at least two or three years to find out if he was mentally strong to handle the pressure," Prasad said.
Prasad, who formed a lethal opening attack with Javagal Srinath in the late nineties, said that Pathan, Zaheer and Laxmipathy Balaji had it in them to form the most potent pace combination for India.
"But if you ask me to pick any one of them as the most promising strike bowler, I'll mention Zaheer," he said.
"Zaheer had a good run up and fine release, and had a wonderful seam position at the time of delivery.
"He only needs to manage his injuries well. And therein lies the importance of the team management which should help him in this regard," he said.
Prasad, who has level three coaching diploma from both India and England, favoured a rotation policy for the bowlers to prevent them from burnouts.