The coaching clinic for training that ushered in a new era turning a new leaf in the annals of Indian cricket has bid farewell to the architect who had spawned illustrious sishyas down the years.
Dennis Lillee, the former Australian pace spearhead, who bowled his way up to the top as a feared fast bowler all on his own, retired as the Director of the Pace Foundation, which was set up by the corporate MRF group 25 years ago in an empty ground of a school in this cricket loving city.
Lillee, the iconic name among cricket made fans since he made his debut for Australia in Test matches against arch rival England, took up the task of producing Test class fast bowlers for Indian cricket, a task that attracted more criticism than praise when he began in 1987. But Lillee proved every cynic wrong, gradually fostering the facilities at the Foundation and turning out one young, skillful pace bowler after another, beginning a new chapter in Indian cricket, post the era of the four great spinners who had terrorised batsmen over the world with their guile.
In fact one of them, BS Chandrasekhar was called a fast breaker rather than a slow spinner.