India's exit from World Twenty20 2010 May 16, 2010

Viv Richards offers batting consultant role for India

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After India's early exit from the ICC World Twenty20, the former West Indies legend Vivian Richards has offered his services as a batting consultant to help the the team deal with their weakness against the short ball. Richards, one of the most destructive hitters in the game, said he would like to pass on tips to teams like India on how to deal with aggressive fast bowling.

For the second time in succession, India bowed out of a World Twenty20 without registering a win in a single Super Eights game, making it six such losses in a row since England last year. India won both their group games but lost to Australia, West Indies and Sri Lanka in the second stage, where teams exploited their shortcomings against the rising deliveries.

"I could be a good consultant where batsmanship is concerned and especially where you have such aggressive fast bowling. I can be a little help at some point to teams," Richards told Times Now, the Indian news channel. "I'm available, maybe they (India) will call me sometime to know how to handle such aggression."

Richards pointed to the match against Australia at the Kensington Oval, where India struggled to cope with the pace and aggression of the seam trio of Shaun Tait, Dirk Nannes and Mitchell Johnson. India wilted to 50 for 7 by the 11th over and looked in no position to mount the tall target of 185.

"The Australians did put the wind up India that particular day. India has to get to the grips with that," Richards said. "What India can learn from the past is to get some practice against the real aggressive stuff."

Richards' suggestions are similar to that of former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, who recommended that the Indian batsmen head to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and learn the basics of facing fast bowling on bouncier pitches. Like Gavaskar, Richards did not blame the IPL for under-preparing India for the World Twenty20, where the quality of cricket was higher.

"India came into the tournament with the most T20 matches, taking in the IPL factor. I don't think it's an excuse in any way. I was in South Africa in 2007 where they won the first T20 tournament and they played magnificently," Richards said. "Sometimes the ball is in your court sometimes it's not. What I think India's got to do at this stage is to see the way the Australians bowled at them and hopefully try and come to grips with the bounce and make the necessary adjustments."

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  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | May 23, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    Mr. Sir Vivian Richards, West Indies team needs batting consultancy 100000 times more than Indian cricKET team. Not only in T20 but also in ODI and Test. Is iT because of the money everybody want to get a some kind of job in India..with to do with Cricket.. I would like to say to you Sir go and give training to West Indian team first.. Indian team will be fine in T20.. It was just because of IPL and they are not much interested in world T20(already a flop show).. T20 CRICKET WILL ONLY BE GOOD IN IPL WORLDWIDE.....

  • POSTED BY vishal_pintoo on | May 20, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    But appointing Sir Richards can get you some special results thats for sure if batting is concerned. Do not just concentrate on bouncers or all kinds of short pitched diliveries but concentrate on composing yourself batting like Sir Richards.

  • POSTED BY vishal_pintoo on | May 20, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    I think is all about changing the mindsets of our batsmen as they are already carry qualities in them. See Gautam Gambhir. He is a superb puller. Take any name, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Sachin, Dhoni. ALl can face short pitch deliveries. But may there is problem with shifting of gears or with what pace they should bat. In all the formats of game. I think our all batsmen should go in with Sehwag's mind set. You try this in a series against relatively stronger side. Not poor. Because we need long term strategey. I am not saying the our all batsmen should start swinging bat against any bowling right from the first ball. They should spend some 15 mins if they have. Sehwag takes singles and doubles also. He is set to score. He do not just belieive in boundries of sixers but respects singles or doubles equally. Mind set. That I have to score and score fast. They your feet will automatically starts moving in a proper way. And if this happens, bouncers will nothing but scoring opportunities for us.

  • POSTED BY ABP235 on | May 18, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Its directly an insult to Gary Kirsten, the coach of Indian team. Kirsten has played on the bouncy pitches of South Africa and knows how to face chin music. If India hires Sir Viv for this job, then it should immediately cancel Gary's contract as there can be no logic. If the coach was a erstwhile bowler, then I would agree for Viv's help. To be honest, you cant find Dravids, Tendulkars and Laxmans just by bringing Sir Viv to coach Indian players. Only way possible for our domestic stars to improve is to send budding Indian cricketers to play in domestic cricket of WI, South Africa and Australia for 1-2 years before they are brought into the international side. BCCI can surely work out an arrangment with the respective boards.

  • POSTED BY fifth-umpire on | May 18, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Everyone wants to cash in on BCCI riches so why not Sir Richards. But can he really help? We already have a fine coach (Kirstein) who was an acoomplished batsman and Sehwag himself said that he is thankful to what Kistein has done for him. Moreover all the young Indian cricketers have a huge advantage of playing with Sachin, Dravid and Laxman; all of them are considered to be greats. What more do Indian youngsters want? It is for them to practice and fight improve their technique. http://fifth-umpire.blogspot.com/

  • POSTED BY ravirrs on | May 18, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    At the present jucnure, I feel fitness is something that needs more attention than playing short pitched deliveries. It is indeed a honour that Sir Viv Richards, is offering his support. The Chairman of selectors should be replaced at the earliest to get out of this situation. There are bunch of talented youngsters waiting to get on board. The existing players have taken their place for granted . Indian cricket team is a bunch of overhyped and overrated players.As SMG states that these players should be sent to NCA.No matter howmay Sir Viv Richards, SMG or class players offer suggestions, mediocrity of the current players will not change !

  • POSTED BY Sairamnath on | May 18, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    what a shame ppl.. all those ppl talking abt paying money, do u think indian board is at the poverty line to not pay Sir Viv. pl grow up ppl..wats wrong in utilising his services. it is indeed true that he can only coach and not play for them. it is the attitude wich also needs to be scrutinised. players like yuvraj singh have got too much of attitude problem. y not rest them for couple of tours and bring in players like Robin or manish pandey. ppl have taken their places for granted in the team with their past performances. y not nurture young fast bowlers rather than having players like nehra who is 34 yrs in the team. the selectors have to realise this. at the end of every tournament they try to find a scape goat and axe him or question him or some lame incident like this pub brawl to cover up their selection flaw. god help indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY Navin84 on | May 18, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Mcroos: Why didnt he offered his services to the WI team, their batting are 10 times worse than that of India. U have to understand that the BCCI is the richest cricket board now and the WICB would not pay him much. WICB have their own financial problems.

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | May 18, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Actually Richard must help West indies batsman.WI has weaker batting talent right now . With regards to some posters who feel Gavaskar is a person for this, just remember his record against short stuff is awfull. He has made his average by being flat track drawn match bully. It is also important that opposing teams has real quality fast bowler to expose weakness.Many times Indian bats man play against oppositions like Australia England when they do not have quality fast bowlers due to injuries and make up to show as if they can cope up.

    After the coach is appointed the results must be seen against real bouncy pitch against good quality fast bowlers.For example if one plays in England in August than the pitches behave just like as it is in India or if someone plays in georgetown Guyana, the pitch is flatter than it is in India.

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Now, really. Does Sir Richards have really much to show against the rising ball? We have seen him do it, may be can show it in person, but it is the idiot batsmen who HAVE TO BE WANTING to do it. I frist noticed the short ball problem in IPL 2009 after coming back myself to cricket after over a decade. If an out of touch non-pro I realized the risers were problem, so do these boys.

    Sachin has done very well against the risers despite not having the advantage being tall enough.

    The short balls need reflexes, they need very instinctive hooks, cuts, late cuts like we have seen more than anywhere in our batsmen. Remember Gaekwad, Vishwanath, Patil, Srikkanth, Gavaskar, Kapil. Azhar had his own approach and school against the short balls. Was anyone of the Team India watching him back then?

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | May 23, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    Mr. Sir Vivian Richards, West Indies team needs batting consultancy 100000 times more than Indian cricKET team. Not only in T20 but also in ODI and Test. Is iT because of the money everybody want to get a some kind of job in India..with to do with Cricket.. I would like to say to you Sir go and give training to West Indian team first.. Indian team will be fine in T20.. It was just because of IPL and they are not much interested in world T20(already a flop show).. T20 CRICKET WILL ONLY BE GOOD IN IPL WORLDWIDE.....

  • POSTED BY vishal_pintoo on | May 20, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    But appointing Sir Richards can get you some special results thats for sure if batting is concerned. Do not just concentrate on bouncers or all kinds of short pitched diliveries but concentrate on composing yourself batting like Sir Richards.

  • POSTED BY vishal_pintoo on | May 20, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    I think is all about changing the mindsets of our batsmen as they are already carry qualities in them. See Gautam Gambhir. He is a superb puller. Take any name, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Sachin, Dhoni. ALl can face short pitch deliveries. But may there is problem with shifting of gears or with what pace they should bat. In all the formats of game. I think our all batsmen should go in with Sehwag's mind set. You try this in a series against relatively stronger side. Not poor. Because we need long term strategey. I am not saying the our all batsmen should start swinging bat against any bowling right from the first ball. They should spend some 15 mins if they have. Sehwag takes singles and doubles also. He is set to score. He do not just belieive in boundries of sixers but respects singles or doubles equally. Mind set. That I have to score and score fast. They your feet will automatically starts moving in a proper way. And if this happens, bouncers will nothing but scoring opportunities for us.

  • POSTED BY ABP235 on | May 18, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Its directly an insult to Gary Kirsten, the coach of Indian team. Kirsten has played on the bouncy pitches of South Africa and knows how to face chin music. If India hires Sir Viv for this job, then it should immediately cancel Gary's contract as there can be no logic. If the coach was a erstwhile bowler, then I would agree for Viv's help. To be honest, you cant find Dravids, Tendulkars and Laxmans just by bringing Sir Viv to coach Indian players. Only way possible for our domestic stars to improve is to send budding Indian cricketers to play in domestic cricket of WI, South Africa and Australia for 1-2 years before they are brought into the international side. BCCI can surely work out an arrangment with the respective boards.

  • POSTED BY fifth-umpire on | May 18, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Everyone wants to cash in on BCCI riches so why not Sir Richards. But can he really help? We already have a fine coach (Kirstein) who was an acoomplished batsman and Sehwag himself said that he is thankful to what Kistein has done for him. Moreover all the young Indian cricketers have a huge advantage of playing with Sachin, Dravid and Laxman; all of them are considered to be greats. What more do Indian youngsters want? It is for them to practice and fight improve their technique. http://fifth-umpire.blogspot.com/

  • POSTED BY ravirrs on | May 18, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    At the present jucnure, I feel fitness is something that needs more attention than playing short pitched deliveries. It is indeed a honour that Sir Viv Richards, is offering his support. The Chairman of selectors should be replaced at the earliest to get out of this situation. There are bunch of talented youngsters waiting to get on board. The existing players have taken their place for granted . Indian cricket team is a bunch of overhyped and overrated players.As SMG states that these players should be sent to NCA.No matter howmay Sir Viv Richards, SMG or class players offer suggestions, mediocrity of the current players will not change !

  • POSTED BY Sairamnath on | May 18, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    what a shame ppl.. all those ppl talking abt paying money, do u think indian board is at the poverty line to not pay Sir Viv. pl grow up ppl..wats wrong in utilising his services. it is indeed true that he can only coach and not play for them. it is the attitude wich also needs to be scrutinised. players like yuvraj singh have got too much of attitude problem. y not rest them for couple of tours and bring in players like Robin or manish pandey. ppl have taken their places for granted in the team with their past performances. y not nurture young fast bowlers rather than having players like nehra who is 34 yrs in the team. the selectors have to realise this. at the end of every tournament they try to find a scape goat and axe him or question him or some lame incident like this pub brawl to cover up their selection flaw. god help indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY Navin84 on | May 18, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Mcroos: Why didnt he offered his services to the WI team, their batting are 10 times worse than that of India. U have to understand that the BCCI is the richest cricket board now and the WICB would not pay him much. WICB have their own financial problems.

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | May 18, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Actually Richard must help West indies batsman.WI has weaker batting talent right now . With regards to some posters who feel Gavaskar is a person for this, just remember his record against short stuff is awfull. He has made his average by being flat track drawn match bully. It is also important that opposing teams has real quality fast bowler to expose weakness.Many times Indian bats man play against oppositions like Australia England when they do not have quality fast bowlers due to injuries and make up to show as if they can cope up.

    After the coach is appointed the results must be seen against real bouncy pitch against good quality fast bowlers.For example if one plays in England in August than the pitches behave just like as it is in India or if someone plays in georgetown Guyana, the pitch is flatter than it is in India.

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Now, really. Does Sir Richards have really much to show against the rising ball? We have seen him do it, may be can show it in person, but it is the idiot batsmen who HAVE TO BE WANTING to do it. I frist noticed the short ball problem in IPL 2009 after coming back myself to cricket after over a decade. If an out of touch non-pro I realized the risers were problem, so do these boys.

    Sachin has done very well against the risers despite not having the advantage being tall enough.

    The short balls need reflexes, they need very instinctive hooks, cuts, late cuts like we have seen more than anywhere in our batsmen. Remember Gaekwad, Vishwanath, Patil, Srikkanth, Gavaskar, Kapil. Azhar had his own approach and school against the short balls. Was anyone of the Team India watching him back then?

  • POSTED BY satyachowdary on | May 17, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    Sir Viv is great against fast bowling... He sure can teach any one.... but players in the Indian team are many a times richer(in terms of money) than him. They need a "party ing expert" one who can teach them how to party better after loosing 3(might be more) matches in a row...

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    very simple solution:make sachin the batting consultant.........

  • POSTED BY SGangu on | May 17, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Even if you hire the best consultant in the world to 'coach' won't help IN THIS CASE. There are very many in this young bunch with attitude issues. And with the current pampering with comforts (read 'Partying' etc..) and get-rich-quick (read 'IPL') schemes, there is no hardwork or focus on the actual game. What might work is prepare all Indian pitches to be sportive (spin & bounce). Nothing works like practicing on these pitches! Players with cricketing brains will figure out for themselves, with a little support from the batting gurus (current or retired batsmen) or a proven coach. This will encourage the bowlers as well, and gives them the credit/respect that they so very need!

  • POSTED BY SGangu on | May 17, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Even if you hire the best consultant in the world to 'coach' won't help IN THIS CASE. There are very many in this young bunch with attitude issues. And with the current pampering with comforts (read 'Partying' etc..) and get-rich-quick (read 'IPL') schemes, there is no hardwork or focus on the actual game. What might work is prepare all Indian pitches to be sportive (spin & bounce). Nothing works like practicing on these pitches! Players with cricketing brains will figure out for themselves, with a little support from the batting gurus (current or retired batsmen) or a proven coach. This will encourage the bowlers as well, and gives them the credit/respect that they so very need!

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | May 17, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    i am only holding myself back to get my comment published !! some one suspecting Sir Viv's integrity is a nut( i had a range of explitives actually) and does not deserve to follw cricket.

  • POSTED BY SGangu on | May 17, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Even if you hire the best consultant in the world to 'coach' won't help IN THIS CASE. There are very many in this young bunch with attitude issues. And with the current pampering with comforts (read 'Partying' etc..) and get-rich-quick (read 'IPL') schemes, there is no hardwork or focus on the actual game. What might work is prepare all Indian pitches to be sportive (spin & bounce). Nothing works like practicing on these pitches! Players with cricketing brains will figure out for themselves, with a little support from the batting gurus (current or retired batsmen) or a proven coach. This will encourage the bowlers as well, and gives them the credit/respect that they so very need!

  • POSTED BY SGangu on | May 17, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Even if you hire the best consultant in the world to 'coach' won't help IN THIS CASE. There are very many in this young bunch with attitude issues. And with the current pampering with comforts (read 'Partying' etc..) and get-rich-quick (read 'IPL') schemes, there is no hardwork or focus on the actual game. What might work is prepare all Indian pitches to be sportive (spin & bounce). Nothing works like practicing on these pitches! Players with cricketing brains will figure out for themselves, with a little support from the batting gurus (current or retired batsmen) or a proven coach. This will encourage the bowlers as well, and gives them the credit/respect that they so very need!

  • POSTED BY SRTRDXSCG on | May 17, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    With all due respect to Sir Richards - when did he become an THE expert on facing "agressive" fast bowling. 95% of the bowlers of that kind played along side him during his playing days. He never got to face them on a regular basis. If there is any one, Indians should go talk to Mr. Gavaskar. He made a huge chunk of his runs facing these great fast bowlers on WI pitches. Viv is still my second most fav batsman of all time.

  • POSTED BY AB99 on | May 17, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    The Indian team has other priorties than cricket and playing for India is a comfort zone over the IPL team (as mentioned by Kumble). Sir Viv may help on the technical matters but what about the soft skills and attitude where the present team has a lot to rectify ... they should remember some outstanding talents like Sivaramakrishnan, Kambli and Sadanand Vishwanath were lost because of the lack of soft skills and there are some names that would be added from the present crop to the above three ...

  • POSTED BY deepak_jain103 on | May 17, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    we have to prodece fast wicket to play fast bowling and to produce fast bowlers like australia have

  • POSTED BY Mcroos on | May 17, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Navin84 says Viv's is looking for money brother he's a real cricketer i totaly disagree with ur comment about viv ricarhards. If India need to improve there batting on a live pace wicket what they wanna do is make pace wickets on there own soil..dnt think about winning matches at home. I every time blaming pitch monitoring people they always setup for falt wickets which is why most records going on india's way..pls take out sachin/dravid/shewag they will bat on any wickets..

  • POSTED BY Baisoya-the-Gujjar on | May 17, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    It is very funny that Viv. is offering his help to indians to play bouncers. It is vivid that Richard is looking for easy money in indian cricket. We are already paying to Gary Kirsten, he is coach and morover was an opener and an outstanding player of bouncers, and if he cannt help indian batters, then there is no purpose to retaining him, and if we have to look for person who can help then who is better then our own Jimmy Amarnath. The main problem is commitment, indian players are getting huge amount by playing in IPL, and they are no more interested in playing for indian, since they are getting money from IPL by playing only 45 days which they cannt get by playing for whole year for national team. And, what about that blood Srikant. Cannt he look for other than Chennai players, there are lots of players who are losing hope and better than likes of Murali Vijay, like Manish Pandey, Robin Utthappa, Trivedi etc.

  • POSTED BY wasim_007 on | May 17, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    Yes it is TRUE..that no batsman can go near the feet of Sir Viv...some can compare on paper but the way he bated and they way he represented himself on the field was awesome. It is very good if he comes to join us..."what the guys are talking about money"...paid him dollar it would be worthy.....

  • POSTED BY vishal_pintoo on | May 17, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Sir Viv, We have lots of money around our cricket world. It can attract any body. We request you to come and clean our batsmen's mind and tell them importance of honesty to concentrating on practice. If they stick only with the basics and ask our regular pace bowlers to give them bouncy ball practice, it will serve the purpose. Sir Richards is among the best three names if Limited Over Cricket is considered. You are always wel comed. Please give our batsmen some tips so that they can survive aginst short pitch and low full tosses.

    Vishal

  • POSTED BY cskfangg on | May 17, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Some Things must to be done in Indain team..

    *Dont Commercialize cricket bcoz India is most earning Cricket country,BCCI trying to earn more,which is not going to help cricket in India. *IPL must be cut down to one single round(i.e. play 7 matches instead of 14),and dont blame IPL,but dhoni's reasons about IPL to be blamed *Proir to any major Events like ICC Tournament,BCCI should make a mandatory 10 or atleast 7days practice Campaign. *Fast Bowlers Cant be produced with flat pitches in India,but allow them to play in county cricket & somewhere in seaming conditions and try to make bouncy pitches in India. *Short pitch deliveries--only the experience of playing in test matches in bouncy wickets will help the young Indian batsmen.. *This kind of exit of India from T20 last year is forgot by all of us,When we are clapping our hands when we saw a six in IPL2010,that time No one worry about Short pitch delivery weakness of Indian batsmens.so stop whinnig and be realistic

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    no amount of coaching is going to help u learn how to play fast bowling. It's upto the batsmen to work out what works best for them. & the only way they r gonna learn is by practising. gavaskars & richards. cannot bat for them. India has produced good players of fast bowling. It is a miniscule percent but these Indian greats are more suited to help us. Inspite of having a heritage of fast bowling most of the WI batsmen are crap at playing it. Bad habits picked up while practice.

  • POSTED BY itisme on | May 17, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    It would be a stupidity of infinite magnitude not to accept the services offered by the great Sir Viv. And I am also certain that the bunch of jokers who run the BCCI are exactly going to do that. I am an indian, but still I consider Sir Viv the greatest of all the batsmen I have seen and I started watching cricket in 1983 only. The way he destroyed the bowling was amazing. There is no other batsman who can match him, not even our great sachin.

  • POSTED BY 8Nirvana8 on | May 17, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    What is the problem? The facts are that Indian cricketers have a problem with hostile, short pitched fast bowling. One of the world's best, AGGRESSIVE cricketer (from a country noted for its fast bowling) has offered to help as a Consultant.

    All you can say that he is doing it for the money. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT? Do you think he should do it for nothing? Coming from a country where cricket and big money are synonymous, this is laughable! Then I hear this rubbish about experienced cricketers being beyond the learning stage! What nonsense? If this is true, then we don't need to practice and we don't need coaches. Sachin Tendulkar is living proof that you can learn at any age. Look at his recent resurgence in form!

    I'll concede that some 'know-it-all' Indian stars think they are beyond learning. India has the most talented cricketers in the world, without a doubt. The problem is their attitude & it shows in their repeated batting (and bowling failures) and in their fielding.

  • POSTED BY Sairamnath on | May 17, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    When a person like Sir Viv comes to offer help to these indian batsmen, wats wrong in utilising his services. Ofcourse, No one works for free. Even if an indian batting consultant is taken, he wud charge money. No one is working for an NGO here. Let him make money at the same time offer help. Ppl shud be broadminded in acquiring services of great ppl rather than loooking only from the financial point of view. Afterall BCCI is the richest gov body of cricket, and it can shell out some money for his services and develop their players better rather than singing the same old tune of INDIANS NEED TO PLAY BETTER AGAINST SHORT BALL after every tournament. Grow up ppl..

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Wow i agree to Sir Vivian Richards as a Batting Coach for India,

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Its this showing of attitude that made us fall to the ground! All of you guys think we are the best the team in the world and all we need is to master some short balls.But sadly know it is as much to do with the batting technique as with one's attitude and ghosh! some of our player's attitude like some here in comments needs some serious thinking.As far the technique goes Viv Richards offers help and it is up to this great Indian attitude that it it takes this offer or not!

  • POSTED BY Navin84 on | May 17, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    I think Sir Viv looking to make some money. Since Stanford gone he is not really getting much so he wants to offer the Indian team what he knows best and what better way of knowing it...which the West Indies fast bowlers are known for. So he would....I would say would sell out the West Indies fast bowlers secret just to make some money.

  • POSTED BY McGorium on | May 17, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    For those who say that IVA Richards is doing it for the money, remember the wise words of the Joker (in the Dark Knight): "If you are good at something, never do it for free". As far as SM Gavaskar is concerned, Gavaskar hardly ever *attacked* the short ball. Or any ball for that matter... he was the guy who scored 32 runs while batting for an entire ODI innings (60 overs). Gavaskar played the short ball well, but the problem here is the hook/pull shot. I don't think this can be taught, especially this late. Gavaskar's son hardly played for India and that tells you how much a coach can do. There are people who are fundamentally inept against short, fast bowling: Raina, Y.Pathan and Yuvraj. They are flat track bullies, and while such batsmen have uses, we have far too many, when you consider that the keeper is one too. There's some hope for the likes of Gambhir (he usually does it well), Rohit Sharma or M.Vijay (both new and young), but not sure how much a coach can help at this stage.

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    WOW Batting Legend is on the way to INDIA

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    This is the best offer that Indian team can get. To me having Gavaskar train people will not work as he is not a good trainer and he is a good test player and may not work for the T20 matches. But Sir Viv mostly played his test innings like a one day or rather a T20 then. Having him as a consultant will certainly help the Indian team atleast go to semis next time and not come back in quarters. The possibility of the other teams using these pace and bounce as a weapon in the 50 overs world cup is more that now they have found a way to attack us. Lets fix this problem ASAP atleast before the 50 overs world cup in 2011.

  • POSTED BY jokistan on | May 17, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    India's best openers - Gavaskar Srikkant Todays's best openers - Ghambir Sehwag GS combo!

  • POSTED BY vaidyar on | May 17, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Thanks, but no thanks Sir Viv! First of all, we have enough players, past and present who can help the team. Second of all, there is no time to fix these problems. They have tournaments all year round. Third, I don't think the BCCI cares so much about fixing their problems. Last, but not the least, those who want it fixed will get it fixed on their own, rest don't care and any advice from anyone is just water down the drain...

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2010, 2:23 GMT

    Great Imtan Khan had said in an article, that when it came to fast bowling of 90plus mph, Viv and Inzimam stood head and shoulders above others, reason given was, that these two fellows had ample time to go on the front foot, yet again come back on the backfoot if the delivery is short and fast. He mentioned that others were very good of medium pace bowling but these two stood out when it came to real fast bowling. If you look at these guys stats against fastmen, they have strong case.

  • POSTED BY Karun on | May 17, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    BCCI should pounce on this offer from the great man. Also, I find it hard to understand what the MRF Pace foundation, which got ample coverage during IPL, doing to produce quality fast bowlers. Not one bowler who can consistently hit forget 150 kmph, but 140 kmph!

  • POSTED BY Deenesh on | May 17, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    Richards sounds very keen to help India with thier batting. Other teams showed signs of weakness, like the WI, whose batting was terrible. It seems Richards just wants a peice of the Indian pie...

  • POSTED BY thepacer on | May 17, 2010, 1:19 GMT

    Being an Indian, I feel bad to see some of the Indians responding to this blog in a racist manner. Sir Richards has offered to help and BCCI should seriously consider the offer. It is obvious that Sir Richards has something to offer and hence is willing to help. The crux of the issue with facing the short ball has a lot to do with confidence and tips from the great masters (including Gavaskar who batted without a helmet) can do a lot with helping the confidence. As far as technique is concerned it will come with practice.

  • POSTED BY amanroy on | May 17, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    People are just jealous here just because legend like Sir Viv Richards offers his help to Indians! Guyz grow up! If he helps, what's wrong with you people? Respect the decision! Indian players are right on their own way.

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    I would say thanks but no thanks. In Gavaskar and Dravid India have the best players of fast bowling. If they cant guide Indian batsmen noone else can. Let Viv worry about WI. They have not covered themselves in glory.

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    Sir Viv, leave India alone. They are content to score runs on dead lifeless wickets. They will never be competitive against teams that have genuine fast bowlers. As for helping the WI team, their problem is not with the short ball, their problem is that the players cant bat. Simple. They just keep picking shit. Note also that England has won when Otis Gibson has left. Interesting isnt it?

  • POSTED BY BigDataIsAHoax on | May 17, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    what's the problem even if he wants to make money?? everything comes for a price. I mean does anybody commenting here really think that Viv is not the best guy to teach our pathetic bunch how to be aggressive against nasty stuff??

  • POSTED BY Harishs on | May 16, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    It is not wise to say that Viv Richards try to cash in by offering his help.I,m an Indian an I would apriciate his offer whether he's get to hire or not.We all cricket fans need to learn to respect senior and retired players.Afterall cricket is for getlemen,and one of the very few games on earth which has hardly any violence except those violent uncricket bouncers by some fast bowlers.We have played and won many times overseas in last few years in both form of cricket against same fast bowlers so I only blame IPL fatigue for failures.They will lose again and again if they continue play IPL.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | May 16, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    There is no doubt that Viv Richards was the most fearsome player of fast bowling that I have chanced to see over the many years I have wtched cricket. It is therefore very comforting to know that he has acknowledged the need of some of the young Indian batsmen to be trained in playing the short stuff.I wonder though how this can come to pass with Gary Kirsten already as the coach and more importantly, having done an excellent job ever since he came in. Maybe Viv could be a batting coach if a person of his stature can accept that. Sir Viv is good for cricket in any form and we should take this wonderful offer without any delay. A new mind provides a new direction and is well worth trying particularly if the person in question happens to be one I V A Richards. I do hope though that were it to happen, our boys do not just pick up the hubris of a legend but the finer points from a proud son of a proud cricketing nation of the past.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Before batting tips to deal with short and fast deliveries, what Indian team needs is discipline and utmost dedication towards the game. Instead, our players are involved in galmour world and commercial industry. SVR being a legend once again proved his humbleness by extending a helpful hand to Indian batsmen. Before availing this honoured opportunity, the management must rectify organizational errors and reprimand the selectors to go ahead with full freedom for picking up talent for making a well meant and fully equipped team and above all restrict the players to cricketing activities rather than parties, ads making and poking into glamour world.

  • POSTED BY S.N.Singh on | May 16, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    India have the right personnel in GAVASKAR to help, if any any person of the Indian Team need advice or teaching to play " LIFTING BALL." It is not short ball the problems it was LIFTING BALLS ? This is a problem for all batsmen not only Indian Batsmen. The Barbados Wicket was playing very ackward to the fast bowling against India. The ball was LIFTING ON A GOOD LENGTH. India do not need an outsider to show them how to play LIFTING BALLS. Gavaskar is good enough to do so. If you need some advice on fast bowling you can ask ROHAN KANHAI. The best of fast bowlers WERE AFRAID OF ROHAN. Hall, Graffit, Marsall, Gardener, Holdings, Sobers. Rohan can give some advice on this.

  • POSTED BY masumaman on | May 16, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Siir Civ why are you not helping West Indies?

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    It is a great opportunity indeed for the BCCI up for the grabs. Look who is willing to help us?

  • POSTED BY archilion on | May 16, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    We can take care of ourselves Mr. Richards! Go and train your West Indies first. They need you more. I know why suddenly there is a deluge lately for consulting India, people see a lot of money behind the cricket here.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    the attitude of the indian players should change, they got to be complete professionals, i think indian players are over hyped & over paid. Also india needs Vengsarkar as the chairman of the national selectors. Srikanth has being average, During Vengsarkar's period india won the T20, best team in ODI's & 2nd test rankings. Vengsarkar as a selector was ruthless & takes the correct decisions which were brave.

  • POSTED BY tmartis on | May 16, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    I agree with Alexk400. India need to bring their fitness levels to par with the likes of Australia, England and South Africa. India certainly have the talent in the line up but I feel they are really lacking in the two final ingredients physical fitness and the ability to function as a unit. I think Kirsten has done the right thing in asking players to get with the program. I hope once they bring up their fitness, they will see how it pays off on the field. Until then I'll keep my fingers crossed.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    It is realy a humble offer by Sir Richard offered to India, it is golden opprutintyfor Indian crc\icket management to serious take it and accepted his offer, If there is any chance Pakiswtan should also contact the great man and take his advise for not onlyfor the batting also for fielding, which is much needed by our side

  • POSTED BY alyasshi on | May 16, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    India should think about it. they must use whatever help they can get ....u never know the other teams might use the sane technique in ODI's as well....besides rather the main problem is BOWLING so it would be useful if india could get someone like GLEN McGRATH as a bowling coach.....everyone seems to have forgotten him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Whether it's Viv or Sunny, they definitely need help from some quarter. Maybe even Boycs could be drafted in. Why not? The Board is rolling in money so why not spend some of it improving the batsmen's techniques? What is the harm? Also what about Kirsten himself - he was a legendary player against quick bowling. Why can't he help them with their techniques? Maybe it is a matter of physical fitness which is what Kirsten has already told them. Yuvie certainly is a pale shadow (or should that be a corpulent shadow) of the sinewy whipper-snapper he once used to be. Anyway, I am all for older players helping younger players - it makes perfect sense. And not only in batting. All the great old spinners like Bedi, Prasanna and Chandra should be employed to pass on their skills to the younger players. It's not rocket science............

  • POSTED BY Raghu1460 on | May 16, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Its time to practice the bouncers . Indian players were well known about bouncers aren't they. Answers were everything with them - they need just q's., not sugesstions

    Practice practice practice ---

  • POSTED BY Anand1988Subramanian on | May 16, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Hopefully his advice is solicited and the batsmen benefit from what he has to say. Also, the idea put forth by some in this comments section that Indians can't play short-pitched bowling due to their vegetarian 'dal diet' is ludicrous. There are plenty of professional athletes in far more strength-demanding sports, who have embraced vegetarian and even vegan (non-dairy) diets and play extremely well. They claim that nutrients from such foods are more readily absorbed by the body and result in less recovery time after workouts. For those who think that 'You can't lift weights in GYM eating dal diet,' please google 'vegetarian bodybuilding' and see how many people do that. What is required is discipline and hard work from the athlete to do intensive strength-training and sticking to a dietary regimen, something that certain Indian players could do with as Gary Kirsten pointed out. Simply switching the diet based on some preconceived notions is misguided and not going to help.

  • POSTED BY ian_ghose on | May 16, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Really?? But I'm afraid most of the Indian players and their supporters think that they are greater and better than Sir Viv already. Whats worse..some little people even think that Sir Viv is doing it because India has money.Maybe,India can use these vast sums of money to buy brains for some of their players :-) No matter how much Sir Viv tries, the inherent mediocrity of the Indian players cannot be rectified :)

  • POSTED BY Icyman on | May 16, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Its not about the money. I believe that Viv offered India help even after the World Cup in 2007. Its time that the board takes such offers seriously rather than reading 12000 page memos from Lull - It Modi. Those who can help the team should very well come and help.

  • POSTED BY Charindra on | May 16, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    I'm a big fan of Sir Viv. But this really sounds like an attempt to make some big bucks fast. Ideally he should be helping the Windies, not so much about facing the short ball but about batting in general. And of course, being one of the most memorable personalities in the history of the game, he could teach the Windies a lot about the proper attitude towards the game. I really hope he does. World cricket needs to see the Caribbean rise again.

  • POSTED BY sindia37 on | May 16, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Any team in the world which can play good short bowling (over 140) esp. in t20 where there is no option but to leave or get out (50% of time) - see SL against Aus, WI against AUS, or if nannes/tait/johnson against AUS.. they would also fall in same category.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | May 16, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Not many better than King Richards to talk about batting.................... but can India learn ??

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 16, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Why people do not understand the real problem? These players can play short ball in ODI and Tests. Absolutely. Best way to play short ball is leave it/duck it(gavaskar way).

    Issue here is not short ball technique. Issue is the fitness because in T20 you can not waste balls. You have to hit even short ball. To do that you need ARM SPEED. For that you must lift weights in GYM. You can't lift weights in GYM eating dal diet.

    We need to select Non Veg diet people for T20 to counter aggression with aggression.

    Until then Viv richards coaching the useless weak people is like throwing salt into the sea!. Just WASTE!.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    He knows very well that Indian Cricket has loads of money. That is the only reason I see in this offer. His looking really desperate to help out.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 16, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Why people do not understand the real problem? These players can play short ball in ODI and Tests. Absolutely. Best way to play short ball is leave it/duck it(gavaskar way).

    Issue here is not short ball technique. Issue is the fitness because in T20 you can not waste balls. You have to hit even short ball. To do that you need ARM SPEED. For that you must lift weights in GYM. You can't lift weights in GYM eating dal diet.

    We need to select Non Veg diet people for T20 to counter aggression with aggression.

    Until then Viv richards coaching the useless weak people is like throwing salt into the sea!. Just WASTE!.

  • POSTED BY Ab3154 on | May 16, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    There is nothing wrong with Indian Batsmen, except their hunger to play and compete has diminished after too many IPL and other macthes and amassing great wealth and fame. I am not a cricket expert, but I have watched many yougesters, at the begining of their profession, they were not afraid of any bouncy wicket or fast bowler, but as they progressed and made lot of fortune, they became complacent. Once I asked a brother of one of very famous batsman, why he is so afraid of genuine fast bowler, which he was not in his early cricketing years, his brother's reply was that, Do you want that he spends rest of his life with broken nose and teeth. ( after having so much wealth and fame). I think experts should work on those lines, Indian Batsmen's technique is solid and they have proven it on many occasions. Secondly they should also bring genuine fast bowlers, which will balance the batting abilities of other teams.

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | May 16, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    This is another example of money buying stuff. What is needed is that Richard must coach West Indian players. In India Cricket is passion In WI cricket is dying. Help WI cricket. In India cricket is flourishing. The Lazy soft indian style infact suits batsman and spin bowling where you dont have to exert too much effort just practice soft things.

    Cricket must be promoted worrld wide not turn it out into Kabaddi where in it is played between India Pakistan Bangladesh and consider as world game. There has to be passion in atleast 50 countries. Then see where India will stand. Indian kids get a wrong impression due to indian media that Cricket is a world game. 90% of cricket crazy people are on ly in India. So Viv go help other countries. Also Viv try to see that pitches in Australia , Wi and SA are really fast. At present the fastest pitches like perth,Bridgetown is not even half fast than what it used to be.

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | May 16, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    The first T20 WC was a very new format and the opposition hadn't discovered the weakness against the short ball. The IPL by itself was not a factor but the hectic schedule and the horrible night parties were the main cause. And those of us who were privileged to see "The King" Sir Vivian Richards bat know that there are no batsmen around who were as fearsome as he was against fast bowling and at playing the hook and the pull. There's no better man to teach this team how to handle fast bolwing. But the team must be committed and willing to learn, as otherwise not even Sir Donald Bradman can teach them anything.

  • POSTED BY Rashed_Iqbal on | May 16, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    It is the good selection.viv was the very good batsman for playing short ball.India will be the benifited by VIV.Rashed ,BCB

  • POSTED BY jivaji on | May 16, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Sorry Mr. Richards we need a teacher & not a consultant. our guys have forgotten to fight on cricket field. they were still in IPL mood, partying after match. If you can arrange some than ok otherwise we dont need you. Determination to loose against Lankans & surrenders verses Aussies & windies shown us that this team needs kick on their a**s rather than a consultant. The way Gambhir ran between the wickets against Lankans made every cricket lover ashamed. Guy who scored hundreads on will against strong opponents does this in must win situation needs a bloody hit on his back. Low profile players like Mathews can score runs than why not Yuvraj. Excluding Raina all indian players played w/o fight & that is fact. Zaheer & co. could only see balls flying out of stadium than on field. One thing that made India,s shameful exit is Attitude of players. Fitness, poor selection, decisions are all secondary.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Who better to advise on the short ball than Viv himself! I hope India use the help!

  • POSTED BY gerardpereira20 on | May 16, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    You can take a horse to water but can't make it drink. Neither Richards nor Sunny or Jimmy Amernath can teach this bunch of pampered Indian cricketers to play the short pitched ball and the reason for that is that they do not want to learn. Most of them are content to play in the IPL rake in the money and party and to hell with India or the fans who pay hard earned money to watch thrash. It must be remembered that Richards, Sunny and to a degree Jimmy Amernath played the short pitched ball with out the protection of a helmet. that requires guts which sadly the current bunch of indian cricketers lack.

  • POSTED BY svshastry on | May 16, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Nothing disrespectful to Richards... But he should help West Indies back to that golden period..

  • POSTED BY getgopi on | May 16, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    I think that the Indian batsmen can play the short ball decently enough. Its the application of technique in the time constrained context of T20 that might be the problem. Nevertheless, methinks India should accept this consulting offer with both hands. Nothing like Viv to inspire some of these youngsters.

  • POSTED BY BigGeorgeMehemood on | May 16, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    What is this, I dont believe it! What Richards going to do, nothing! Why dem blowing this issue out to the sky? If you gat the talent you dont need any coaching..just look at Fredericks, Kanhai, Butcher, Lloyd and Bacchus.

    Is it so bad that India are really crappy and scared of fast bowling? They play the most cricket, so how come they got big problems with the short ball?? I dont understand it at all.

  • POSTED BY nirvana_1959 on | May 16, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    BCCI should cash in on this and avail of Viv's service. Also, put the billion dollar to work to get some pace bowlers lined up 2015 World Cup. Just can't rely on batting and Zaheer Khan (who will retire by then). Billion people and billions of dollars and we don't have one Bollinger or Johnson or Tait or Steyn. Not even a Hamid Hassan. Shame on you BCCI!

  • POSTED BY starsagitarian on | May 16, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Where I see it the problem is not temporary... !! I mean look at the domestic structure of the country... ! How many fast bowlers come up through the ranks by bouncing out batsmen... ?? the people playing Ranji or the Deodhar trophy never get the taste of a bouncier pitch... and when after scoring tons on flat wickets u get selected and play for the country on tracks that are totally unknown, the advantage has already been gifted to the opposition... ! india needs to look at the domestic structure by preparing bouncy pitches at the domestic levels so that fast bowlers capable of bowling 150+, bowl those lethal bouncers and knock the batsmen out when the conditions favour,can be groomed... !! by providing placid wickets to budding pacers we are seriously denting their chances to make it big... !!if bowlers dont get their share the batsmen wont either... !! wake up BCCI... Leave Modi and Dhoni alone and look what australia did after the previous years first round humiliation... !

  • POSTED BY leftyhitsright on | May 16, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    What the hell is the Indian cricket board is waiting for??? Note this this is the same person who ripped apart the greatests of fast bowling attacks in the world. This is the Indomitable Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards who is offering our famed Indian "pack of cards" (batsmen) his knowledge of how to cope up with the ferocious stuff (bouncers), which they have never come across on our placid feather-beds(pitches) in India.

    Wake up BCCI....Knife out the incompetents!!! Select those who can give results and not those who can endorse products. If you plan to "ape" the English Premier League with our own Indian Premier League, then take the positives there too. Restrict people from over endorsing products and using a noble sport like cricket for their greedy and selfish benefits. Fix norms of fitness. For example like the maximum belly size and maximum BMI for all the players to be considered to consider for selections.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | May 16, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Gary Kirtsen is an opener, and has played on bouncy wickets. Useless as a coach? Best man to coach is Sunil Gavaskar.

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  • POSTED BY popcorn on | May 16, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Gary Kirtsen is an opener, and has played on bouncy wickets. Useless as a coach? Best man to coach is Sunil Gavaskar.

  • POSTED BY leftyhitsright on | May 16, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    What the hell is the Indian cricket board is waiting for??? Note this this is the same person who ripped apart the greatests of fast bowling attacks in the world. This is the Indomitable Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards who is offering our famed Indian "pack of cards" (batsmen) his knowledge of how to cope up with the ferocious stuff (bouncers), which they have never come across on our placid feather-beds(pitches) in India.

    Wake up BCCI....Knife out the incompetents!!! Select those who can give results and not those who can endorse products. If you plan to "ape" the English Premier League with our own Indian Premier League, then take the positives there too. Restrict people from over endorsing products and using a noble sport like cricket for their greedy and selfish benefits. Fix norms of fitness. For example like the maximum belly size and maximum BMI for all the players to be considered to consider for selections.

  • POSTED BY starsagitarian on | May 16, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Where I see it the problem is not temporary... !! I mean look at the domestic structure of the country... ! How many fast bowlers come up through the ranks by bouncing out batsmen... ?? the people playing Ranji or the Deodhar trophy never get the taste of a bouncier pitch... and when after scoring tons on flat wickets u get selected and play for the country on tracks that are totally unknown, the advantage has already been gifted to the opposition... ! india needs to look at the domestic structure by preparing bouncy pitches at the domestic levels so that fast bowlers capable of bowling 150+, bowl those lethal bouncers and knock the batsmen out when the conditions favour,can be groomed... !! by providing placid wickets to budding pacers we are seriously denting their chances to make it big... !!if bowlers dont get their share the batsmen wont either... !! wake up BCCI... Leave Modi and Dhoni alone and look what australia did after the previous years first round humiliation... !

  • POSTED BY nirvana_1959 on | May 16, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    BCCI should cash in on this and avail of Viv's service. Also, put the billion dollar to work to get some pace bowlers lined up 2015 World Cup. Just can't rely on batting and Zaheer Khan (who will retire by then). Billion people and billions of dollars and we don't have one Bollinger or Johnson or Tait or Steyn. Not even a Hamid Hassan. Shame on you BCCI!

  • POSTED BY BigGeorgeMehemood on | May 16, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    What is this, I dont believe it! What Richards going to do, nothing! Why dem blowing this issue out to the sky? If you gat the talent you dont need any coaching..just look at Fredericks, Kanhai, Butcher, Lloyd and Bacchus.

    Is it so bad that India are really crappy and scared of fast bowling? They play the most cricket, so how come they got big problems with the short ball?? I dont understand it at all.

  • POSTED BY getgopi on | May 16, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    I think that the Indian batsmen can play the short ball decently enough. Its the application of technique in the time constrained context of T20 that might be the problem. Nevertheless, methinks India should accept this consulting offer with both hands. Nothing like Viv to inspire some of these youngsters.

  • POSTED BY svshastry on | May 16, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Nothing disrespectful to Richards... But he should help West Indies back to that golden period..

  • POSTED BY gerardpereira20 on | May 16, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    You can take a horse to water but can't make it drink. Neither Richards nor Sunny or Jimmy Amernath can teach this bunch of pampered Indian cricketers to play the short pitched ball and the reason for that is that they do not want to learn. Most of them are content to play in the IPL rake in the money and party and to hell with India or the fans who pay hard earned money to watch thrash. It must be remembered that Richards, Sunny and to a degree Jimmy Amernath played the short pitched ball with out the protection of a helmet. that requires guts which sadly the current bunch of indian cricketers lack.

  • POSTED BY on | May 16, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Who better to advise on the short ball than Viv himself! I hope India use the help!

  • POSTED BY jivaji on | May 16, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Sorry Mr. Richards we need a teacher & not a consultant. our guys have forgotten to fight on cricket field. they were still in IPL mood, partying after match. If you can arrange some than ok otherwise we dont need you. Determination to loose against Lankans & surrenders verses Aussies & windies shown us that this team needs kick on their a**s rather than a consultant. The way Gambhir ran between the wickets against Lankans made every cricket lover ashamed. Guy who scored hundreads on will against strong opponents does this in must win situation needs a bloody hit on his back. Low profile players like Mathews can score runs than why not Yuvraj. Excluding Raina all indian players played w/o fight & that is fact. Zaheer & co. could only see balls flying out of stadium than on field. One thing that made India,s shameful exit is Attitude of players. Fitness, poor selection, decisions are all secondary.