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Prabhakar wants bowlers to improve performance

India has achieved the numero uno status in ICC Test ranking mainly because of their batting consistency and now the bowlers also have to prove their mettle to ensure the country don't get toppled from the pinnacle, feels former paceman Manoj Prabhakar.

cricket Updated: Jan 10, 2010 23:25 IST

India has achieved the numero uno status in ICC Test ranking mainly because of their batting consistency and now the bowlers also have to prove their mettle to ensure the country don't get toppled from the pinnacle, feels former paceman Manoj Prabhakar.

"We are winning because of our batting and not because of our bowling. Look at the batting structure of our team, there is so much varieties and so many explosive and responsible batsmen. But our bowling department is not that great," said Prabhakar.

"We have attained number one ranking in Test and also very near to close that gap in ODIs. But frankly, we can't maintain that top position for long given the standard of the pace department we have. If our bowlers don't improve their performance, others would get past easily," he added.

"Our bowlers fail to rise to the occasion when situation demands and the work of our coaches start right at that point. When they start career, they perform with full aggression and get everybody's praise, but they fail to continue with the momentum," Prabhakar said.

Prabhakar, who was talking to the reporters on the sidelines of 'Gatorade Pacers' talent hunt drive in the city, also praised Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan but said they needed proper guidance.

"Ishant is a fantastic bowler, who reached a certain level of excellence but then failed to extend it. He failed to bring on his experience in pressure situations and has become slow and needs a bit correction," Prabhakar said.