Indian pacemen to get tips from McGrath

Published: Monday, September 18, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kuala Lumpur: The Indo-Aussie rivalry can take a backseat with Team India finding a temporary bowling coach in Glenn McGrath, who has agreed to share tricks of the trade with the Indian pacers.

Indian captain Rahul Dravid has been insisting that the young bowlers should watch the seemingly ageless Aussie spearhead to get inspiration from his wonderful comeback after six months.

At least Munaf Patel has taken the cue and spoken to McGrath as well.

''Yes, Dravid spoke about McGrath. He doesn't appear to have much speed but his line and length is impeccable. I spoke to McGrath also, he has told me he will talk to me later during the series. All the bowlers will meet him and take tips,'' revealed Munaf.

On the tracks of the Kinrara Stadium, the lanky speedster said this pitch was more on the slower side and as the boundaries were short too, he is avoiding bowling at express speed.

''There is bounce on this pitch so bowling on line and length is important. To get rid of top order it's important. As the boundary is short bowling express pace doesn't always help,'' said Munaf.

''I am satisfied with my bowling here but would like to improve.

The white ball doesn't has much reverse swing also. I want to bowl on correct line and length, that is my first priority,'' said Munaf.

Munaf also said that Indian team was focused on earning a place in the finals. After their first two matches, India have just two points while West Indies have five from two and Australia are leading the table with seven from two matches.

''Pressure is on both India and West Indies but our aim is clear as we want to win both the matches and qualify for the final,'' said Munaf.

''We lost four straight matches to West Indies at their home.

Then it rained here and we lost that match also. We want to improve our result against them, reach the final and win this tournament,'' he added.

Munaf refused to comment whether he would open bowling with Ajit Agarkar again in the next match.

Hailing from a small town in Gujarat Munaf said fame hasn't changed him.

''I have come a long way from club cricket. Now it's much different. But my life hasn't changed much. I am still the same,'' asserted Munaf.

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