Umesh calls for specialist pace bowling coach

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India seamer Umesh Yadav feels that the quick bowlers in the team would benefit from the presence of a specialist pace bowling coach.

Umesh bowled brilliantly at times in this season and shone against Australia where he would end the series as the leading seamer on the wicket-takers list.

However Umesh admitted to being deprived of assistance when things weren’t going so well for him while the spinners could always consult head coach Anil Kumble and the batsmen had his assistant Sanjay Bangar.

India will certainly need their seamers to fire if they are to have any chance of taking the away series against South Africa later this year.

Umesh told Reuters: “In some matches I bowl badly and don’t realise what went wrong and how to correct.

“A fast-bowling coach can help us correct our mistakes and improve as bowler.

“A fast-bowling coach will definitely help bowlers like Ishant (Sharma), (Mohammed) Shami, Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and myself to improve.”

Kumble had indicated after the tour of the West Indies that he may employ a specialist quick bowling coach but has since espoused the view that bowlers are the ‘captain of their own bowling.’

Despite being deprived of a pace bowling coach or consultant Umesh did receive some solid advice from Bangar.

Umesh added: “I had been bowling short for some time and then Bangar asked me to bowl a much fuller length.

“He suggested that if I bowl a fuller length it would give the ball enough time to swing in air.

“Bangar told me not to either rush through my bowling strides or run too slow. He encouraged me to find my ideal rhythm and that is what I focus on while bowling.

“For me as a bowler, rhythm is very important. I don’t even look at the pitch before a test match. I just try to get into a nice rhythm as early as possible and rest just happens.”