Sreesanth unlucky to miss out CT: Chappell

Published: Monday, September 4, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: Admitting that medium pacer Sreesanth will be frustrated for not finding a berth in the Indian team for the ICC Champions Trophy, Coach Greg Chappell today said the Kerala bowler can utilise the break and improve upon the areas which he felt needed greater attention.

Talking to reporters at the National Cricket Academy here during the Rolling Camp for Malaysia-bound Indian team, Chappell said,'' Yes it can be frustrating for the player. Whoever missed out would have been unlucky because they all have done some really good work and Sreesanth is improving all the time''.

''His bowling, batting, fielding and fitness are all getting better. But sometimes what seems like a setback could be a benefit because it gives him a chance to go away and work on a few things that we have had him work on all ready,'' he added.

Chappell said '' I told him in the morning, he can let it take it down or he can let it take him up. Thankfully he has got a very good attitude and he can only get stronger. That's what it is, just a setback. He will come back''.

About the second group completing the rolling camp today he said it had been another good camp. ''We varied it a little bit this time as these guys identified fielding as an area that they wanted to work on as well. We did some extra fielding stuff this morning.

It went very well. The boys responded excellently to what we were doing in the camp. I am hopeful that the third one will go even better'' he added.

Replying to a question, Chappell said fielding technique was very important in cricket. '' We are reasonably good in the short distance but we need to work on the longer distance throws. We are working on a few areas in fielding technique so that players get more power and accuracy when they throw.'' He said each player's need to improve has been identified as per their requirement and accordingly they were given specific plans to improve. ''We have identified areas which each player has to work on individually but also as a group while playing on slower wickets, playing against taller bowlers. These are areas that we have identified and need to work on. The stumps and the golf ball is about building confidence really. If they can consistently hit the golf ball with the stumps, then they have to get into good positions.

You can't get into bad positions and get away with it with a golf ball which you might do with a cricket bat and a cricket ball. We are emphasising again on good basics, we are really emphasising basics in all areas'', he added.

Chappell said the coaching staff have identified some areas and then have interviewed the players and discussed about these areas. ''We also need some feedback from time to time to know how we can help them. We might have some ideas but it is better if they can give us some feedback on what areas they think they need to work on.'' On another question, he said no specific plan had been framed for Champions Trophy. The goals vary from time to time depending upon the opposition and the conditions. ''We will try to utilise the resources to the best depending upon these conditions and goals'' he added.

He said there could not by any set solution to any situation.

''We need to be ready for giving our best attribute to that situation'' he added stating that the team would reposition its resources depending upon the opposition. ''Someone who bats down the order might bat up the order and someone who bats up the order could bat down the order'' he added.

About the next batch which includes skipper Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Dinesh Mongia and V R V Singh, Chappell said there would be some variations but sometimes the senior players need to get back to the basics as well.

Stating that the rain-washed series in Sri Lanka came as a blessing in disguise for the team members to come back to the basics of the game, he said ''I think again this is an opportunity to get them back to the basics. The good thing about good players like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dravid, Yuvraj and Kaif is that these guys have been around for a long time but they are prepared to revisit the basics from time to time''

Chappell said there were no short-cuts, no magic formula, it was about applying the basics better than the other person.'' We won't have any trouble with the senior guys because they revisit the basics all the time.''

About coaching staff and their roles, Chappell said that ''coaching staff meet everyday and we work on areas that need improvement. Bio-Mechanist Ian Frazer has been fantastic and one of the reasons behind having him here is that he is a specialist in identifying our problems and then devising methods of improving ourselves in those areas.

Greg King is an important part from the fitness side, sometimes players are having a problem in their movement patterns and then we work on that area, Physio John Gloster analyses injuries, thinks about 'why it is happening, can we get better on this'.

John has done a lot of work with the fast bowlers in terms of padding in their shoes, getting the right shoes manufactured. The heel and ankle area are always well supported in shoes whereas the toes are always a problem area for fast bowlers.

So anchoring the foot and ensuring that the toes are not banging in is very important.'' About specific plans for master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, he said that '' basically Sachin will revisit the basics like what everyone is doing. He will have an input on what he wants to do. He has a very good feel for what he needs. We -- Frazer and I -- had a session with him up in Mumbai last week and he is working on some specifics. He is very good in understanding his own game.''

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