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Can’t make an impact in just two series: Simons

cricket Updated: Jan 19, 2010 23:49 IST
Nilankur Das
Nilankur Das
Hindustan Times
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India's new bowling consultant Eric Simons has just six weeks to deliver the goods and he is looking to utilise every bit of time he has with the players.

Just after play ended on Tuesday, Simons, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, leg-spinner Amit Mishra and coach Gary Kirsten were seen having a long discussion at the practice nets.

It was mostly about how to bowl a wrong one and Dhoni joined in before talking at length to Mishra.

The leg-spinner's role in the absence of Harbhajan Singh could become crucial if India are to win this Test.

The bowling department, of late, has faced a lot of flak even from skipper Dhoni during the recently concluded tri-series. And though the South African feels he won't be able to actually make drastic changes, he remains hopeful that he would be able to show the bowlers some things they could work on and help revitalise their careers.

“I am here for only six weeks so I would like to try and understand them. It would be arrogant to try and tell Indian bowlers how to bowl on subcontinent wickets. I would want to bring in my information and combine what they do and how they do it and find a joint solution.

A lot of things can be solved with practice, good strategies and good plans. That's the basis on which I would start,” Simons said.

A lot of interaction with the players is what the former South Africa coach is looking for to help iron out the creases and already has had sessions with the medium-pacers.

He says the sessions have helped him learn a few things and also understand some of the Indian bowlers.

Ishant Sharma's fluctuating form was a case in point.

“Sometimes bowlers are asked to do certain things they are not comfortable with. So it's important that we have a game plan taking into consideration what a bowler is comfortable with. We have to find a game plan that works for Ishant,” he said.

“Ishant wants to be more successful. Sometimes you bowl a half volley and get a wicket. But that's a bad ball. But then again you bowl a great delivery and it misses the edge. Ishant walked off this morning with just one wicket.

But I thought he bowled brilliantly. And I told him you were successful even if you have got one wicket. I think he misunderstands what success is,” he said.

Simons felt Kirsten's way of operating from behind the scenes has played a huge part in the success of the India team and said a similar approach would help him get satisfactory results despite his short stay.

“I don't think I can make a major impact in just two series. But when I leave, if the bowlers say he has shown me a way to become a better cricketer then I would consider my job done,” he said.