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Tendulkar past his prime: Woolmer

"He is susceptible to the ball nipping back and does not move his feet as he used to," said Pakistan coach.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 19:37 IST

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer has joined the list of Sachin Tendulkar critics saying that the batting maestro has passed his prime and some technical flaws have crept into his batting.

Writing for the Wisden Cricketer, which is hitting the stands on Friday, the former England Test player said Tendulkar is now not as prolific as he was and his feet does not move as itused toearlier.

"The local media are questioning his technique and he is not as prolific as he has been. He is susceptible to the ball nipping back off the seam and does not move his feet as well as he used to. I do not want to tempt providence but, for all his class, he is not as destructive as he was and he can be contained," Woolmer said in the best-selling cricket magazine.

Pinpointing key areas for England to focus on to beat India in next month's Test series, Woolmer also offers on how to bowl to Rahul Dravid.

"He is not nicknamed 'The Wall' for nothing but, having taken on opening, he may have exposed himself slightly. The new ball can get him out and he tends to play with his bat outside his body to a ball on line with off stump, which can result in an edge."

Calling Sehwag as probably the most destructive opener in world cricket, the Pakistan coach said the Indian opener should not be allowed to settle down. "He offers chances early on and they need to be held. For a player of his ability he tends to lose patience against spin."

Karachi centurion Yuvraj Singh, Woolmer said, could be got out by inswinging or short ball.

"One of the next generation and a lovely timer of the ball. He is a good batsman but looks fallible to the inswing bowler who has the ability to go across him. He times the ball sweetly and, like a lot of Indian batsman who do not see much bounce, looks insecure against the short ball," Woolmer has this to offer for Yuvi.

He said Dhoni is a very powerful player with limited foot movement and loves to drive off front and back foot and will hook anything. "His drive is susceptible if the ball goes away from him. Like Sehwag he does not move his feet and also does not enjoy a spinner bowling wide at him.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 18:17 IST