Bhat speaks highly on Spin Foundation

Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai: When former Aussie Test tweaker Terry Jenner gets a look at the young hopefuls at the MAC Spin Foundation here on Sept 15, he would not be a disappointed man.

In fact, to put it in the words of one of the consultant coaches at the Foundation, former Karnataka left arm spinner Raghuram Bhat, who is currently holding a camp for ten boys, Jenner would be proud of a talented leggie Rahil Shah of Gujarat.

"Our Foundation may be progressing slowly, but we are doing it steadily. The Foundation has a great future," he said.

Raghuram Bhat, who had a brief stint though in the national squad, was an acknowledged talent in left arm spin in his playing days. His tally speaks for it 353 wickets in Ranji Trophy. In fact, he is proud of it and reflects it in his e-mail id which goes rrr353...

He even went on to say that in his playing days there were no such facilites like a spin foundation.

"We had to train ourselves, all on our own, practising to pitch the ball on a coin placed on the good length spot," he explains.

Raghuram Bhat said there is no other facility to equal the Spin Foundation.

"The MAC Spin Foundation has a vision, that of producing world class spin material for India and revive the glorious days of spin in Indian cricket. There is no doubt about this in the mind of the Director of the Foundation Rajagopalan and former India all rounder Robin Singh, who are nurturing the talent there," he said.

Terry Jenner is scheduled to conduct a camp to impart the nuances of leg spin to the wards at the Foundation from Sept 15 to 19.

"Boys from neighbouring Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will also be joining us to learn from Jenner and later from another Aussie off spinner Ashley Mallet, who was here last year," Bhat added.

Driving home his point on the progress being made by the Foundation, Raghuram Bhat said, "Spinners mature late. We (spinners) got to have patience." "The more patient we spinners are, the more maturity we can attain," said Raghuram, who is also one of the coaches at the Cricket Board's National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.

Raghuram is also concentrating on Gaurav Jathak of Mumbai, a talented left arm spinner in the making. He also points out that the Foundation had been achieving success and this was borne out by the fact that trainees like leg spinner Sivan Sharma of Uttar Pradesh, M Varadarajan of Tamil Nadu and Udit Patel, son of former India batsman and KSCA Secretary Brijesh Patel were already reflecting the results achieved at the Foundation.

"These players and a few others are already playing for their respective states or zones," Raghuram pointed out.

"The current batch of about ten boys training at the Foundation also have continuity as they are under me at the NCA also," he explained further.

Asked how the boys are graded in terms of promise they show, Raghuram said, "The grading is on bowling on the spot whenever they are asked to do so."


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