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Vinay works the hardest than anyone else: Simons

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Published: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 12:25 [IST]
 
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Vinay is a hard working bowler: Simons

Brisbane, Feb 18: India's outgoing bowling coach Eric Simons was effusive in his praise for young fast bowler Umesh Yadav and said Vinay Kumar works the "hardest than anyone else."

Simons, who is on his last assignment with the Indian team, after being sacked by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said: "He (Yadav) bowls out-swing at 145-plus speed. He is an incredible athlete, has great strength and stamina. The batsmen actually find him 150kmph because of his rhythmical and easy action. He is one of the most exciting young fast bowler in the world today.".

"Vinay Kumar works hardest than anyone else. There are guys with natural skills and then there are those with hard work ethics. He always seems to enjoy, always working on his wrist position, batting and fielding," Simons added.

On pace spearhead, Zaheer Khan, the South African said: "Zaheer Khan has good craft and has ability to teach them (the youngsters). He has worked really and wants to be available as often as possible. He is mentally keen to do well and is excited about it. As long as he stays motivated and puts that effort physically, he should be around."

Simmons, however, was disappointed with S Sreesanth.
"The way he bowled to the Australians in Bangalore when the ball was reversing, I told him there may be one or two bowlers in the world who could do it. He has phenomenal skills," the South African said.

"Unfortunately, the batsmen of today and the way the game has evolved, it's all about consistency. You just can't bowl only 3-4 good balls in the over.

"(Ben) Hilfenhaus has kept it so simple and is successful. It's about executing your plans well," Simons added.

Simmons gave an insight as to why a lot of Indian bowlers are not as patient abroad as they ought to be.

"The bowlers have to rely on innovations and variations as there is not much in wickets in India. But abroad it's just about being patient and sticking to game plans. These are the lessons we have to learn."

On his coaching experience with the Indian team, he said: "We had this great hope of learning from England. We are disappointed in the way both England and Australia have gone. We are capable of much better. There were key moments but we just couldn't drive home the advantage and be in a winning position.

"I would have also liked guys like Ishant to move forward and take more five-wicket hauls. I would have loved them to have more rewards than they have had."

Simmons' next coaching assignment is with the Delhi Daredevils team in the upcoming IPL, but he hasn't thought much about his long-term plans.

"I will be with Delhi Daredevils. I have some business in Cape Town and I would go back to (it) post IPL. I have been involved in various places but there's no decision yet," he said.

"Two years with the Indian team has improved my understanding as a person. It's been an enriching experience and hopefully I have left some mark on the players."

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