Sarfraz ready to assist India as bowling coach

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Former Pakistani pacer Sarfraz Nawaz says he is open to work as a bowling coach with Rahul Dravid's men as he has the pills to kill the ills that plague bowlers in India.

Here to coach the Delhi bowlers ahead of the Ranji season, Sarfraz said he had talked to coach Greg Chappell and captain Rahul Dravid during Team Indias last tour of Pakistan and said he was open to such an assignment.

''Last time India went to Pakistan, Greg asked me to help out the bowlers and I did suggest a few things to the pacers even though he didnt pick up those. I told the coach he can send his fast bowlers to the nursery at Gaddafi Stadium or I wont mind coming over here in India. I asked both the boards to sort out the issue,'' he said.

''If this can help, Im ready to work with the Indian bowlers, wherever they want me,'' said the pacer who, in his pomp, had formed a lethal pair with Imran Khan.

And Sarfraz has studied the Indian bowlers as well and has the solution ready too.

On Irfan Pathan, Sarfraz was convinced that the youngsters new-found all-rounder status was the root of all evils.

''I think his responsibility got increased and attention divided.

I told him in Pakistan that your job is to get the opposition out. Its taking wickets and not scoring runs which is his forte.

''Now what happens, if he scores 50-odd runs, he tends to believe his job is more or less done and it doesnt matter if he fails with the ball,'' he told reporters here last night.

On Irfans bowling, Sarfraz said, ''I think he is releasing the ball quite early and that has resulted him in slowing down. If you release the ball late, it means more swing and speed but he has not really picked up the trick,'' he elaborated.

Sarfraz also felt even Munaf Patel has slowed down a bit, like Irfan, and thats a worry.

''I think its all because of physical fitness and shortened run-up. Unless the over-rate is going high or you want to restrict the batsman, Im dead against shortening of run up.

''While coaching Waqar Younis, I told him you would be finished if you cut short your run up. (Pakistan coach) Bob Woolmer asks Shoaib Akhtar to reduce the run-up but that would make Shoaib an ordinary bowler,'' he argued.

On the other hand, Zaheer Khans high-jump is his bane, observed Sarfraz.

''The problem is with his last stride and the jump. He should be jumping forward and not upward. Its just too high and puts stress on his back and knee. He can increase his momentum with a forward jump,'' he said.

Ashish Nehras spate of injuries also intrigues the Pakistani.

''He is so injury-prone and I have to find the reasons. It is maybe the run up, delivery stride or the follow up. Its not possible to change his action or do wholesale alteration but slight modification can do the job for him,'' he said.


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