New Delhi, Apr 30: Former South African fast bowler Allan Donald feels that Ashok Dinda's jump at the bowling crease reminds him of his playing days and he is "right up there along with other Indian pacers".
"I have no problem with his jump and that's the way he has done it for a while now. It's not something you see with most bowlers but he (Dinda) reminds me of myself. I too had to get off the ground high enough to snap very hard at the crease," Donald told PTI during an exclusive interview.
Elaborating further, he said, "I love the hang time he gets before he snaps through the crease. The hang time allows him to get into a strong position before pulling the trigger.
The action comes naturally to him but the stress on the body is huge so paying attention to his core will be something he will have to work hard on."
Having worked with the 28-year-old at the Pune Warriors, Donald feels that those related to the Indian team should be clear as to what role they want Dinda to play.
"Dinda has impressed me with his attitude and skill. The question I want to ask, do coaches see him as a stand in for the big boys or a potential talent who you can back to do you a job no matter what?
"Of all the Indian bowlers I have seen, he is right up there. We all want to stack up the numbers (wickets) but there is a patiant process to follow and that for me will make him a big time contender in the Indian team."
With 330 Test and 272 ODI wickets, Donald has the expertise and authority to talk on fast bowling.
"Bowling is like a golf swing. It is all about feel and it is complex. There is a lot that can go wrong, if everything is not in-sync. When you are in good form, you have to understand why you are in that sort of form and again it brings me back to the training ground."
For one of the greatest fast bowlers of his generation, "The bottom line is, if you disrespect the way you train, mother cricket will rub your nose in the dirt."