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How Woolmer rated Team India

Pakistan's late coach had a lot of respect and admiration for most of the Blue brigade, writes Atul Sondhi.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2007 22:38 IST
Atul Sondhi
Atul Sondhi

Despite his failure to do much with the gifted but temperamental Pakistan side, late Bob Woolmer was one of the best coaches the world has produced. His exploits with South Africa were legendary.

May be, for the rest of its World Cup campaign, the Indian team can take some inspiration from what he said about some top Indian players for Blue Brigade series on Ten Sports.

Ganguly - Experience worth its weight in gold

He is a good player. He has been around for a very long time. If he is fit, he is firing, and he is in good form, his experience alone is worth its weight in the gold in the Indian team.

Dravid - The unsung hero

Rahul Dravid - I think is the one of the best players, and unsung hero in many ways as a cricketer. An as a captain, I think he has done a very good job. I think he is a determined person, he reads the game really well and he inspires his players. Every coach I have spoken to, (who has) been involved with India, has said Rahul Dravid should be the captain so I can't see that changing.

Tendulkar - Can reduce any attack to tears

Sachin Tendulkar is without doubt one of the greatest batsmen of our era, of this particular era. I think he has (repeatedly) shown just how dangerous he can be.

The beauty of cricket is it does not matter how good you are, occasionally you get out. People tend to bowl differently to Sachin Tendulkar because he is so good so it becomes harder for him. Saying that, on his day he can reduce any bowling attack to tears.

Dhoni - village blacksmith coming in to bat

Very Exciting cricketer I think. He is a terrific cricketer. He reminds me of one of the great stories in English cricket about the village blacksmith. Because he walks in very strongly and he hits the ball very hard, but very exciting cricketer.

Kumble - awkward bowler

One of the greatest bowlers of our era again, Anil Kumble. He is very difficult bowler to get away and he has developed a googly and his leg spinners do not turn as other bowlers' leg spinners but his height and bounce makes him a very awkward player. A very good bowler.

Munaf - rare breed

He is one of those rare breed of Indians with genuine pace. He comes in and hits the deck hard. A good bowler & if he is fit, he will be very much part of the thinking.

Sreesanth - bowler with perfect future

Very impressed with this young man. Lots of facial expressions when he is walking back. He is thinking about what he is doing. He has got aggression.

He has got little bit extra and one of the great things that he got is his away swingers to the right-handers and I think that is terrific gift to have. So I think he has got a perfect future.

Sehwag - dangerous, but one-dimensional

Very dangerous player. He is one-dimensional though. He tends to try and hit ball more through the offside than most players and I think that is quite dangerous in modern cricket because bowlers bowl such good line outside the off stump so he may have to remodel the way he plays a little bit.

First Published: Mar 19, 2007 22:33 IST

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