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Courtney Walsh

Legendary Windies pacer feels Indian players should strike a perfect balance in global itinerary.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 16:07 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Indian medium pacers are not able to perform consistently because they lack confidence, said legendary West Indian fast bowler Courtney Walsh on Monday.

"The way the Indian bowlers have performed on their recent tour to the West Indies and also in the Champions Trophy show that they are lacking in confidence," said Walsh, who was in the capital city to promote tourism in Jamaica, especially for the coming World Cup.

The former West Indies captain was referring to India's tour to the West Indies in May-July, when the visitors lost the five-match one-day series 1-4 but recovered to register the first Test series win (1-0) in the West Indies in 35 years.

Walsh, commenting on the Indian fast bowlers, said: "Irfan Pathan has performed well with the bat but he is not doing the same with the ball, which is his prime role. He should get back his confidence from his batting."

Irfan, who is India's main attacking bowler, has failed to take wickets in the recent past and also to give initial breakthroughs.

His lack of form in bowling has been attributed to Indian coach Greg Chappell's effort to make him play up in the batting order.

"Even Munaf (Patel) seems to be a bit down on confidence," said Walsh, who took a record 519 wickets in Tests and 227 in one-dayers.

On the issue of whether too much cricket is leading to the burnout of players, especially fast bowlers, Walsh said that the need of the hour was to strike a good balance in the global itinerary.

"The players should sort out with their individual boards on the amount of matches being played, and how much they can afford to play," he said. "They should strike a perfect balance and that's how you survive long."

Walsh himself is a prime example of longevity, as his first-class career lasted 20 years, from 1981-82 to 2000-01, and his international career over 16 years, starting 1984.

First Published: Nov 14, 2006 15:42 IST

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