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Out in the open is Sarfraz's mantra

The former Pakistan paceman asks the present generation of speedsters to spend less time in the gymnasium, reports C Shekhar Luthra.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2006 11:25 IST

Sarfraz Nawaz has called upon the present generation of speedsters to spend less time in the gymnasium if they want to prolong their international career.

The former Pakistani’s pacemen has been specially flown in by the Delhi & District Cricket Association for a week to train its fast bowlers ahead of the Ranji Trophy season commencing from Thursday.

“The present day cricketers, especially fast bowlers, are wasting more time in the gymnasium and that is the main reason why they are getting injured so frequently. For me, a bowler should go to a gym only if he has to develop some particular muscle or strengthen some specific part of his body after
an injury.

“Otherwise they should be training outdoors, bowling for at least one and a half hour daily, apart from running and sprinting in an open atmosphere,” Sarfraz said after finishing his sixth day of training with the Delhi speedsters at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground.

The former Pakistani new-ball bowler expressed satisfaction at the keenness and enthusiasm shown by the young pacers in trying to learn the tricks of the trade, especially reverse swing. But he appeared clearly upset over the nature of wickets prepared for the camp.

“I can understand why it was not possible for DDCA to prepare the kind of wickets I had asked for at such a short notice. But slow tracks can put off any pacer completely before a match. There is a need for conscious effort on the part of the cricket administration to prepare good supporting wickets if they want to produce good fast bowlers,” he added.

Sarfraz, who will be conducting his last session with Delhi bowlers on Wednesday, was impressed with Delhi’s new find Ishant Sharma. “This boy has impressed me the most,” he said. Sarfraz also praised another left-arm seamer Pradeep Sangwan and predicted a bright future for both these young bowlers.

“These two boys will serve Delhi well if they are treated properly,” He said. In the context of what happens in Delhi cricket, the administration should pay heed to what he had to say on these two bright prospects.

During his six-day stint with the Delhi team, Sarfraz tried to correct the faults of bowlers, with emphasis on the younger crop.

He feels his effort here will produce results soon. “Ishant has improved his speed. Kuunal Lall’s action has improved and Nehra has been asked to focus on his running in.”

On another injured senior pro Amit Bhandari, Sarfraz had only this to say, “He is overage but is regaining fitness. However, I was focussing more on youngsters.”