Bishop predicts good future for Indian pacers

Published: Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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St Kitts: :Irfan Pathan, S Sreesanth and Munaf Patel may not have been able to produce a match winning effort so far in the ongoing Test series against West Indies but fast bowling great Ian Bishop feels the Indian pace trio would prove to be a handful in the near future if they managed to remain fit.

''Munaf is tall and has taken quite a few wickets. Sreesanth looks like a very good athlete and is aggressive too. Irfan can swing and is an all-rounder in his own right. I think your (Indian) fast bowling is in good hands if these guys stay fit,'' said Bishop.

One of the most promising West Indian pacers before stress fractures of the vertebrae cut short his career in late 90s, Bishop watched from the sidelines as the Indian seamers practised here after four days of rest.

He was soon spotted by the visiting bowlers, who went up to him for feedback on their action and run up.

''They said hello to me and obviously they wanted to ask questions about whatever I observed about them. All of them are different individuals with different features. Sreesanth was asking a few technical things. I suggested a few adjustments and that is it,'' he said.

Bishop said he was very impressed with VRV Singh's bowling and felt the Punjab lad was learning fast.

''VRV is coming along reasonably well. He has got pace and has got bounce too. Maybe he needs just a little bit of work on his run up and I suppose he is aware of that himself,'' said Bishop after observing the youngster from a distance.

With India contemplating playing two spinners, VRV might have to sit out for the match and Bishop feels dropping him at this stage would not be good for the bowler's confidence.

''VRV is starting to get better with every game. I don't know whether he is going to play in the next Test but I think if they cast him away now, because he has got limited success, it would be detrimental to him. He looks a good prospect and should be encouraged,'' Bishop added.

The West Indian hoped for a pace assisting track here after the disappointing pitch at St Lucia.

''Pitch in Antigua was encouraging but St Lucia was very disappointing. We want to see consistent pace and bounce over the first two days and good batting in the middle with some spin on last day. We hope to see some good pitches that will encourage seam bowling which is the strength of the West Indies team,'' felt Bishop.

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