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

Viv Richards offers batting consultant role for India

Cricinfo staff

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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  • Chetan 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.....

  • Vishal 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.

  • Vishal 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.

  • Agnel 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.

  • Praveen 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.

  • Ravi 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 !

  • 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.

  • Navendra 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.

  • Rakesh 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.

  • Dummy4 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?

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