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Exit T20 mode: Wadekar to India

Published: Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 12:23 [IST]
 
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Exit T20 mode: Wadekar to India

Bangalore: Former Indian coach Ajit Wadekar urged Indian coach Gary Kirsten to help his young batsmen who have been constantly troubled by West Indian pacers in the ongoing ODI series.

In an interview to Cricketnext.com Wadekar said that Indians particular younger lots are still living in twenty20 world and coach should step in and guide them to stay at the wicket and build their innings.

"After the West Indies pace men exposed the Indian batsmen's weakness against short pitch balls, the coach, who himself was a very good hooker and puller during his playing days, should take the youngsters like Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, Ravindra Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan under his wings and make them work on the short pitched deliveries in the nets till they learn to either leave the bouncers alone or hook or pull them correctly," he said

R-factor does India in

Wadekar, who led India to its first Test series victory against the West Indies and England in the early 70s, said India were missing the services of experienced player Sachin Tendulkar.

"Team India really misses the services a senior player like Sachin Tendulkar's guidance in the middle. From what I have observed in the past seniors, including Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble have always gone out of their way to help youngsters learn the tricks of the trade and I can confidently say that just the presence of Tendulkar will make a huge difference to the morale of the youngsters," Wadekar said.

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