India missing a bowling coach - MS Dhoni

Published: Saturday, January 2, 2010, 12:25 [IST]
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India missing a bowling coach - MS Dhoni

Mumbai: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has complained that the absence of a specialist bowling coach is hurting the team"s performance.

Speaking to media on the eve of the team's departure for the tri-series in Bangladesh, Dhoni said Kirsten had his plate full and the team was indeed missing bowling and fielding coaches.

Bangladesh Tri Series Fixture

"To some extent, it does (affect the team). You need specialist coach to get the best out of the players. Gary looks after so many things. He has all those team meetings, talking to batsmen, bowlers and then working out strategies. He has a lot on his plate," Dhoni said.

"It does help to have specialist bowling and fielding coaches for the bowlers and fielders. But thats the way it and its now an administrative issue," he said.

After the T20 World cup debacle, the BCCI sacked Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh, the bowling and fielding coaches respectively. No explanation was given with the assumption being both coaches had been under the scanner after the World Twenty20 debacle.

Indian captain said that BCCI decision had only increased the burden on Kirsten, who he felt was submerged under extra duties.

Even though BCCI roped in Australian Mike Young for a short stint during the recent Twenty20 and ODI series against Sri Lanka, the team is now again without a fielding coach.

"Mike is not available for this tour. He came with the basic techniques and went slow as he did not want the players to get injured. He wont be around but with the help of other support staff its important to go ahead with that. Fielding is one aspect of the game that is important whatever be the format of the game," Dhoni said.

Accepting the need to lift the teams fielding standard, Dhoni said, "We dropped quite a few catches in the last series. We will try to rectify that. Whatever good fielders we have we will try to make them the best in the world because it really helps, especially in the middle overs, with four good fielders inside the circle who can save the singles," he said.

Dhoni was also candid enough to admit that the bowlers were grappling with issues like bowling at death and slow over-rate, which incurred the India captain a two-match ban during the ODI series against the Lankans.


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