Tri-Nation Tournament in Bangladesh 2009-10 January 1, 2010

India missing a bowling coach - MS Dhoni

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Indian captain MS Dhoni has admitted that the absence of a specialist bowling coach is hurting the team's performance. Dhoni said it was "tough" for the bowlers and especially head coach Gary Kirsten to perform at optimum levels, and that ideally he would like the vacancy to be filled soon.

"To some extent it does hurt not having a bowling coach. If you have a specialist coach he is always interacting with the bowlers and trying to get the best out of them," Dhoni said on the eve of the Indian team's departure to Bangladesh.

Though India ended 2009 at the top of the ICC's Test rankings, they have struggled to make a consistent progress in ODIs. After the early exit at the ICC World Twenty20, they were knocked out of the Champions Trophy in South Africa even before the tournament reached the second week. In a desperate move, the Indian board 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.

Dhoni said that decision had only increased the burden on Kirsten, who he felt was submerged under extra duties. "He [Kirsten] has to look after everything: he has to sit and talk to the batsmen, bowlers, fielders, build strategies and look after team building," he said, adding that the BCCI could reduce the pressure simply by naming replacements who could closely work with the bowlers and fielders.

The inconsistency in the fast bowling department has remained a concern for India right from the World Twenty20. In England, Zaheer Khan had aggravated the shoulder injury he picked during the IPL in South Africa. His inability to go full throttle exposed the younger lot like Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar, and though Ashish Nehra was around he was just finding his own feet, having made a return after a long time. Things did not improve during the Champions Trophy, and India's problems were exacerbated during the home ODI series against Australia, which they lost 4-2. But things have started to improve after Zaheer's return.

Zaheer will lead the fast bowling department in Bangladesh which comprises Nehra, Sreesanth, and the rookie Sudeep Tyagi. During the recently concluded Sri Lanka series the Indian fast bowlers were lukewarm even if they improved on their death bowling. A good example could be the difference in their performances in Rajkot and Kolkata, for the second and fourth matches. In the first instance, after Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara's blistering innings, India recovered admirably to clamp down the batsmen in the final ten overs. But in Kolkata, abetted by some shoddy fielding, the bowlers got distracted and allowed Upul Tharanga and Sangakkara to build a solid platform.

Though Dhoni felt that a bowling coach would be able to discuss with the youngsters and build their confidence, he put faith in his squad. "It is a matter of time before they return to form. In Rajkot we bowled really well," he said, "but we haven't bowled consistently well in the death overs. It is a bit of a worry. But if we can do it in patches I don't see why we can't do it consistently."

A twin headache has been the fielding. Embarrassingly in the two Twenty20s and the first ODI of the Sri Lanka series, India dropped 12 catches. In the second ODI in Nagpur, when the match was still hanging in the balance, in the penultimate over Zaheer's misfield cost them the match. By the time they reached Kolkata their ground fielding improved a lot but they still dropped Tharanga and Sangakkara when the batsmen were yet to get off the blocks. The pair built a valuable partnership of 171 runs. In the abandoned final game another simple catch went down.

Dhoni was blunt in his appraisal once again. "We need to improve our fielding because in a close game avoiding the fielding errors can save us at least 15 runs," he said. "We have a mix of safe fielders with some brilliant ones like Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma."

He also praised Mike Young, the former Australian fielding coach, who spent time with the Indian team as a consultant during the limited-overs series. Though Young didn't rush in with some innovative stuff, Dhoni said it had been "interesting" to spend time in his company. "He didn't come with lots of ideas. He just wanted to see what was happening and where we are positioned. He worked really slow and came up with few basic techniques. It is important to take that forward."

Young will not travel with the squad to Bangladesh.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • sunalsk80 on January 6, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    I think we should have Kapil Dev come on as our bowling coach. Imagine what changes he can bring to our bowling department. I think he still has in him to deliver the goods as a good bowling coach. Will BCCI listen to this? If he comes in, we can bring back the likes of Irfan Pathan and make him the next all rounder which we are honesty missing after Kapil Sir. There were a lot of expectations from Irfan, but I guess he was not well taken care and I am sure Kapil Dev can inspire and bring back his lost confidence.

  • sunalsk80 on January 6, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    I think we should have Kapil Dev come on as our bowling coach. Imagine what changes he can bring to our bowling department. I think he still has in him to deliver the goods as a good bowling coach. Will BCCI listen to this? If he comes in, we can bring back the likes of Irfan Pathan and make him the next all rounder which we are honesty missing after Kapil Sir. There were a lot of expectations from Irfan, but I guess he was not well taken care and I am sure Kapil Dev can inspire and bring back his lost confidence.

  • dulith2 on January 6, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    take champaka ramanayaka. [sri lankan]. he is very good bowling coach. there are many bowling coaches in sri lanka. as examples prabath nissanka, romesh rathnayaka.

  • BobbyDhol on January 4, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    i agree with Mirthman. with the exception of (in last 20years) srinath, kumble and kapil, along with harbhajan and recently zaheer, our bowlers have performed in one off series. irfan pathan seemed like the next big thing and may have been misdirected into an all rounder, balaji, nehra, sreesanth, praveen, vrv singh, rp singh, ishant. All of these guys showed promise yet failed to show any consistancy, i dont know the whole set up of the indian bowling schools and who coaches them when in the indian team and domestically but if you ask me the board pays too much attention to the our batting superstars and not enough to the bowling. look at the pitches in india, flat and every odi more than 300, but they dont care as long as our batsmen are averaging 50+ while our bowlers are losing confidence game by game. also with no fast bowling idol to aspire to is probably why we dont have any 90mph+ bowlers, whereas Pakistan seem to find a new 'teenage' tearaway all the time... any1 agree?

  • shrsan on January 4, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    My suggestion is we should bring back Venkatesh Prasad & Robin singh as Bowling & Fielding coach respectively. They had done a good job for Indian cricket when our team was underperforming and without a proper coach. Instead of suggesting tainted players like Manoj Prabhakar who was involved in match fixing we should be open to bringing a pakistani coach for our bowling department.

  • K.A.Balajee. on January 3, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Rather than prefering to foreign candidates who take sometime in getting used to the Indian cricketing psychology, its better to choose some subcontinental guy who has succeded at International level. For example, our very own Manoj Prabhakar seems a good choice. India can also look for options with some Pakistani greats like Wasim, Waqar, Aaqib Javed, Sarfraz Nawaz etc.. Dont be surprised to even have Chaminda Vaas in our list of options..

  • cricket05 on January 3, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Dhoni is right on the boil in his assessment. Good bowling somewhat negates the effects of loose fielding I would think. Our bowlers need to master the art of consistently firing in yorkers in the death overs and hitting the 'corridor of uncertainty' the first 15 overs. I dont think any coach in the world would be able to coach our spinners :-) . My suggestions for bowling coach would be (in order of preference) 1. Sean Pollock (he has played with Gary Kirsten before and also had a coaching/mentoring role in the IPL) 2. Bruce Reid ( if available - he did a great job with our bowlers in Australia) 3. Allan Donald (he is a current coach in an English County) 4. T A Sekhar (a technical expert but not much exposure at international level).

  • HK_Sachin on January 3, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    Yeah, time for India to get Waseem Akram. Come on stop this politics, and bring on Akram.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on January 2, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    It's 90% the players on the field and 10% the coach. The blokes doing the fielding and bowling are just not up to it. I'm sure Robin Singh must have had big laughs on the inside every time he saw the indian fielding from the dressing room. Can't say the same about prasad. To me, prasad was at best a fast leg spinner and never a fast-bowler. Remember how jayasuriya and kalu used to murder him? it was so funny. The fact of the matter is, indian players do not have sufficient time to devote so that basic mistakes can be rectified. I mean how could they have time. Some1 like ishant who is only a baby in the game right now, gets to do half a dozen soft-drinks and underwear ads. There is no point mulling over indian fielding. It's never ever gonna improve. Fact is, these guys don't give a damn!

  • rahulsaxena on January 2, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    We can all start by finding a bowler who is faster than a broken moped. Maybe that should help !

  • sunalsk80 on January 6, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    I think we should have Kapil Dev come on as our bowling coach. Imagine what changes he can bring to our bowling department. I think he still has in him to deliver the goods as a good bowling coach. Will BCCI listen to this? If he comes in, we can bring back the likes of Irfan Pathan and make him the next all rounder which we are honesty missing after Kapil Sir. There were a lot of expectations from Irfan, but I guess he was not well taken care and I am sure Kapil Dev can inspire and bring back his lost confidence.

  • sunalsk80 on January 6, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    I think we should have Kapil Dev come on as our bowling coach. Imagine what changes he can bring to our bowling department. I think he still has in him to deliver the goods as a good bowling coach. Will BCCI listen to this? If he comes in, we can bring back the likes of Irfan Pathan and make him the next all rounder which we are honesty missing after Kapil Sir. There were a lot of expectations from Irfan, but I guess he was not well taken care and I am sure Kapil Dev can inspire and bring back his lost confidence.

  • dulith2 on January 6, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    take champaka ramanayaka. [sri lankan]. he is very good bowling coach. there are many bowling coaches in sri lanka. as examples prabath nissanka, romesh rathnayaka.

  • BobbyDhol on January 4, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    i agree with Mirthman. with the exception of (in last 20years) srinath, kumble and kapil, along with harbhajan and recently zaheer, our bowlers have performed in one off series. irfan pathan seemed like the next big thing and may have been misdirected into an all rounder, balaji, nehra, sreesanth, praveen, vrv singh, rp singh, ishant. All of these guys showed promise yet failed to show any consistancy, i dont know the whole set up of the indian bowling schools and who coaches them when in the indian team and domestically but if you ask me the board pays too much attention to the our batting superstars and not enough to the bowling. look at the pitches in india, flat and every odi more than 300, but they dont care as long as our batsmen are averaging 50+ while our bowlers are losing confidence game by game. also with no fast bowling idol to aspire to is probably why we dont have any 90mph+ bowlers, whereas Pakistan seem to find a new 'teenage' tearaway all the time... any1 agree?

  • shrsan on January 4, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    My suggestion is we should bring back Venkatesh Prasad & Robin singh as Bowling & Fielding coach respectively. They had done a good job for Indian cricket when our team was underperforming and without a proper coach. Instead of suggesting tainted players like Manoj Prabhakar who was involved in match fixing we should be open to bringing a pakistani coach for our bowling department.

  • K.A.Balajee. on January 3, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Rather than prefering to foreign candidates who take sometime in getting used to the Indian cricketing psychology, its better to choose some subcontinental guy who has succeded at International level. For example, our very own Manoj Prabhakar seems a good choice. India can also look for options with some Pakistani greats like Wasim, Waqar, Aaqib Javed, Sarfraz Nawaz etc.. Dont be surprised to even have Chaminda Vaas in our list of options..

  • cricket05 on January 3, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Dhoni is right on the boil in his assessment. Good bowling somewhat negates the effects of loose fielding I would think. Our bowlers need to master the art of consistently firing in yorkers in the death overs and hitting the 'corridor of uncertainty' the first 15 overs. I dont think any coach in the world would be able to coach our spinners :-) . My suggestions for bowling coach would be (in order of preference) 1. Sean Pollock (he has played with Gary Kirsten before and also had a coaching/mentoring role in the IPL) 2. Bruce Reid ( if available - he did a great job with our bowlers in Australia) 3. Allan Donald (he is a current coach in an English County) 4. T A Sekhar (a technical expert but not much exposure at international level).

  • HK_Sachin on January 3, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    Yeah, time for India to get Waseem Akram. Come on stop this politics, and bring on Akram.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on January 2, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    It's 90% the players on the field and 10% the coach. The blokes doing the fielding and bowling are just not up to it. I'm sure Robin Singh must have had big laughs on the inside every time he saw the indian fielding from the dressing room. Can't say the same about prasad. To me, prasad was at best a fast leg spinner and never a fast-bowler. Remember how jayasuriya and kalu used to murder him? it was so funny. The fact of the matter is, indian players do not have sufficient time to devote so that basic mistakes can be rectified. I mean how could they have time. Some1 like ishant who is only a baby in the game right now, gets to do half a dozen soft-drinks and underwear ads. There is no point mulling over indian fielding. It's never ever gonna improve. Fact is, these guys don't give a damn!

  • rahulsaxena on January 2, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    We can all start by finding a bowler who is faster than a broken moped. Maybe that should help !

  • used_to_be_a_player on January 2, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    A bowling coach is absolutely needed. The coach needs to have the following key abilities and deliverables: 1. lots of experience; 2. good communication (understanding the background of these young players); 3. ability to motivate and inspire with stories; 4. build a reward structure that will enthuse the bowlers to perform. Look at the baseball as an example. It is peppered with way too many coaches. That being an extreme, batting, bowling and fielding coaches are essential to help the head coach build the best team for India. Though this tri-series does not sound exciting, given the teams participating, good luck to the Indian team!

  • kapsy on January 2, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Ever since Robin Singh took over as the fielding coach, the Indian fielding improved tremendously. Robin is well respected by the players and senior players like Sachin, VVS, Dravid, Dhoni respond to him and get along with him while the junior players like Ishant are all ears when he's coaching. A coach who has the respect of all players and is able to get the whole team to respond to him and his coaching methods is what India needs. I'm baffled and disappointed that he was sacked so unceremoniously when his work with the Indian team has shown such positive results. Robin, it may be noted, was pulled into the Mumbai IPL team by none other than Sachin Tendulkar himself. BCCI's loss is Mumbai's gain.

    More than just being the bowling coach, as he's done before, Robin would greatly assist the batters as well as the bowlers. I'm certain that if the Indian players' opinion was sought, he'd be the one they'd want in the team right away.

    Stop being childish BCCI and bring Robin back!

  • Mirthman on January 2, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    India's weakness has always been inconsistent bowling attack. Apart from Kumble, Srinath, Kapil Dev most others have been one series wonders. The current crop of bowlers are plagued with either poor form or injury so not sure if a bowling coach can fix that. What they need is a strong mental approach match after match which can keep them focused and hungry for wickets. Don't even get me started on the feilding. Cricket is a religion in India with talented players and the board is not short of money or resources yet we cannot be the top team consistently. Disappointing.

  • cool.arun on January 2, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    I like MS Dhoni,good captain & batsman, my suggestion is our Indian bowling is very poor so we need a good bowling coach I prefer Srinath or Donald...and the fielding coach Jonty Rhodes..All the best for the upcoming maches. Happy New Year 2010 for Cricinfo Team. Good Luck!

  • blackerthanyourhate on January 2, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    More than a bowling coach,Indian bowlers need to change their mindset first of all...Most bowlers when hammered, buckle under pressure and pitch their deliveries almost everywhere around the place..the recent home series has all the evidence..Bowling on subcontinent pitches needs plenty of patiencen which the current pool of talent lacks bigtime..Ishant sharma is a good bowler but still immatured and doesnt have control over his line and length..Before hiring a bowling coach i urge all team members to respect their coach and try to follow what his plans and actions are and what he intends to do in near future.A coach is not Santa Claus...You cant expect brilliant results within a fortnite of his hiring..Bowlers need to trust his coaching methods , only then results will follow..If Allan Donald gets hired by BCCI let indian bowlers patiently learn from this great bowling guru..

  • rockydonsmuggler on January 2, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    thats true, what about shaun pollock,he is a man of discipline, approach,character, and many more ammuniations under his belt.Had also seen him having stratergies with the spin bowling department,off spin bowling in particular ,knowing him,he is hard working gentleman and have a close relation with his 'batting' counterpart kirsten, he seems to be a perfect pick.If its all about, needinga 'bowling cricketing' brains coaching ability, what about shane warne,i really think he can do wonders with the team as a whole.Even erratic munaf has done well under him.And then nobody will be a better choice than a 'glen mcgrath' too..

  • TwitterJitter on January 2, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    To be frank Indian bowling was just as rubbish with a bowling coach like Prasad and fielding just as crappy with a coach like Robin as it is without either one of them. May be what they need is a "right" coach and not just "a" coach because the fielding and bowling were miserable during champions trophy when both these gentlemen were at the helm. At the end of the day, the onus is on the 11 who are on the field. A bowling coach can only just chalk out a strategy for each game. The execution still needs to be happen by the 11 on the field.

  • Percy_Fender on January 2, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    I think Dhoni is right about the need for bowling and fielding coaches. Alan Donald would be a good coach if he has the communication skills which are perhaps more essential with bowlers like Ishant and Tyagi who feel less comfortable in English.Kirsten and Upton have managed quite well in the time they have been with our team and hopefully, Donald can be the extension of a Protean Trinity. They could perform well in unision with Donald also picking up the ropes of communication. His bowling skills were never in doubt in any case just as his identification of the problem areas are as seen from his views in regard to Sreesanth after the latter played for Warwickshire.I think our players respond best with a coach who has a paternalistic approach, which I think is Kirsten's style.Perhaps Alan Donald could carry on in the same way. In his playing days I remember, he used to come across as tough and unyielding !!I have no doubt that he would be different as a coach though.

  • Nampally on January 2, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Indian fielding and pace bowling is poor at best. Only a very strong batting line up has kept India in winning position.If India had taken catches, the SL would have lost 4-0 instead of 3-1. Dilshan, Tharanga and Sanga feasted on dropped catches and some attrocious pace bowling specially from Ishant Sharma & Kumar. The way these 2 bowled they deserve to be shelved for a long time. India has to find New fast bowlers with consistent length, direction & Pace soon .Zaheer is aging and will not be around for more than 2 years. India should build on strong fielding of Kohli, Raina, Rohit & Jadeja. India once had brilliant fielders like Solkar, Durani, Surthi, who were all excellent all rounders too. Catches win matches was our motto once and poor fielding will not help.A fielding & Bowling coach is essential as Dhoni says. BCCI is the richest Board but is penny wise & pound foolish. Indians batting must be supplemented with strong bowling & fielding and BCCI must provide coaches to do it

  • cairo on January 1, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Welcom Mr. Dhoni to Our country. We highly believe that our bowling line is stronger than you. SO be carefull about it. Best of luck. We sceared only Cricket hero Shachin, but he is absanse so be carefull. Dhoni, You must study Shakib's batting or you can lose several game, so be carefull.

  • kunal83 on January 1, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Why is Young not travelling to Bangladesh?!*& With a squad sure to be mixed and matched in the tri-series, he would have got more quality time with the players in match conditions.

    Mr. Gollapudi, your positioning of the final sentence of this article sums up the casual approach of BCCI in many things important for the playing aspects of the team. If it's launching the new TV deal, or BCCI corporate tournament participation, the board starts salivating like a stray outside the meat shop. If managed well this year and the next, India will be in a position to win two elusive titles: The World Cup (after the '83 win) & Test Series Victory in Australia. Jai ho!

  • mav58 on January 1, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Admission of weaknesses is the first step. To be fair, Dhoni has been pretty open for some time about India's weaknesses in bowling and fielding. These are traditional problems in Indian cricket, which have never been solved. Dhoni now needs to robustly make things happen - quickly. He is a very successful Indian Captain and is in a position of considerable influence. If he can't make things happen who can? Go MS G0!

  • dp.01 on January 1, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Bowling coach - true said - there seems to be opening - where is the application form? i have a great coaching experties....between Happy n Healthy New Year to cricinfo staff and cricket fans all over the world...

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  • dp.01 on January 1, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Bowling coach - true said - there seems to be opening - where is the application form? i have a great coaching experties....between Happy n Healthy New Year to cricinfo staff and cricket fans all over the world...

  • mav58 on January 1, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Admission of weaknesses is the first step. To be fair, Dhoni has been pretty open for some time about India's weaknesses in bowling and fielding. These are traditional problems in Indian cricket, which have never been solved. Dhoni now needs to robustly make things happen - quickly. He is a very successful Indian Captain and is in a position of considerable influence. If he can't make things happen who can? Go MS G0!

  • kunal83 on January 1, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Why is Young not travelling to Bangladesh?!*& With a squad sure to be mixed and matched in the tri-series, he would have got more quality time with the players in match conditions.

    Mr. Gollapudi, your positioning of the final sentence of this article sums up the casual approach of BCCI in many things important for the playing aspects of the team. If it's launching the new TV deal, or BCCI corporate tournament participation, the board starts salivating like a stray outside the meat shop. If managed well this year and the next, India will be in a position to win two elusive titles: The World Cup (after the '83 win) & Test Series Victory in Australia. Jai ho!

  • cairo on January 1, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Welcom Mr. Dhoni to Our country. We highly believe that our bowling line is stronger than you. SO be carefull about it. Best of luck. We sceared only Cricket hero Shachin, but he is absanse so be carefull. Dhoni, You must study Shakib's batting or you can lose several game, so be carefull.

  • Nampally on January 2, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Indian fielding and pace bowling is poor at best. Only a very strong batting line up has kept India in winning position.If India had taken catches, the SL would have lost 4-0 instead of 3-1. Dilshan, Tharanga and Sanga feasted on dropped catches and some attrocious pace bowling specially from Ishant Sharma & Kumar. The way these 2 bowled they deserve to be shelved for a long time. India has to find New fast bowlers with consistent length, direction & Pace soon .Zaheer is aging and will not be around for more than 2 years. India should build on strong fielding of Kohli, Raina, Rohit & Jadeja. India once had brilliant fielders like Solkar, Durani, Surthi, who were all excellent all rounders too. Catches win matches was our motto once and poor fielding will not help.A fielding & Bowling coach is essential as Dhoni says. BCCI is the richest Board but is penny wise & pound foolish. Indians batting must be supplemented with strong bowling & fielding and BCCI must provide coaches to do it

  • Percy_Fender on January 2, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    I think Dhoni is right about the need for bowling and fielding coaches. Alan Donald would be a good coach if he has the communication skills which are perhaps more essential with bowlers like Ishant and Tyagi who feel less comfortable in English.Kirsten and Upton have managed quite well in the time they have been with our team and hopefully, Donald can be the extension of a Protean Trinity. They could perform well in unision with Donald also picking up the ropes of communication. His bowling skills were never in doubt in any case just as his identification of the problem areas are as seen from his views in regard to Sreesanth after the latter played for Warwickshire.I think our players respond best with a coach who has a paternalistic approach, which I think is Kirsten's style.Perhaps Alan Donald could carry on in the same way. In his playing days I remember, he used to come across as tough and unyielding !!I have no doubt that he would be different as a coach though.

  • TwitterJitter on January 2, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    To be frank Indian bowling was just as rubbish with a bowling coach like Prasad and fielding just as crappy with a coach like Robin as it is without either one of them. May be what they need is a "right" coach and not just "a" coach because the fielding and bowling were miserable during champions trophy when both these gentlemen were at the helm. At the end of the day, the onus is on the 11 who are on the field. A bowling coach can only just chalk out a strategy for each game. The execution still needs to be happen by the 11 on the field.

  • rockydonsmuggler on January 2, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    thats true, what about shaun pollock,he is a man of discipline, approach,character, and many more ammuniations under his belt.Had also seen him having stratergies with the spin bowling department,off spin bowling in particular ,knowing him,he is hard working gentleman and have a close relation with his 'batting' counterpart kirsten, he seems to be a perfect pick.If its all about, needinga 'bowling cricketing' brains coaching ability, what about shane warne,i really think he can do wonders with the team as a whole.Even erratic munaf has done well under him.And then nobody will be a better choice than a 'glen mcgrath' too..

  • blackerthanyourhate on January 2, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    More than a bowling coach,Indian bowlers need to change their mindset first of all...Most bowlers when hammered, buckle under pressure and pitch their deliveries almost everywhere around the place..the recent home series has all the evidence..Bowling on subcontinent pitches needs plenty of patiencen which the current pool of talent lacks bigtime..Ishant sharma is a good bowler but still immatured and doesnt have control over his line and length..Before hiring a bowling coach i urge all team members to respect their coach and try to follow what his plans and actions are and what he intends to do in near future.A coach is not Santa Claus...You cant expect brilliant results within a fortnite of his hiring..Bowlers need to trust his coaching methods , only then results will follow..If Allan Donald gets hired by BCCI let indian bowlers patiently learn from this great bowling guru..

  • cool.arun on January 2, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    I like MS Dhoni,good captain & batsman, my suggestion is our Indian bowling is very poor so we need a good bowling coach I prefer Srinath or Donald...and the fielding coach Jonty Rhodes..All the best for the upcoming maches. Happy New Year 2010 for Cricinfo Team. Good Luck!