India's bowling coach happy with bowlers

India's bowling consultant is happy that his charges are one tight unit, working together, and he expects them to do well in England no matter what combination gets picked.

updated: July 10, 2011 21:49 IST
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The year and a half that Eric Simons has been with India as their bowling consultant has been a period of success for the team. For him personally, it's been a period of change. By his own admission, he came to India with what he had learnt and found a way to coach, which worked. What other teams could learn from India is their ability to remain cool while taking decisions, to not panic or get consumed by the hype, Simons said. That allows them to tap their talent, rather than rely on adrenaline, which wears off in a short time. Looking ahead to the England tour, he was confident of India's chances. "It almost doesn't bother me which group we select," he told ESPNcricinfo. "There are so many bowlers bowling well that if someone can't play or the conditions suit somebody in particular, then I don't think that we will be weakening our attack regardless of what combination we go in with, whether it is 3-1 or 2-2 or whatever."

Ishant Sharma

I remember one of the first spells he bowled after I got involved. It was against South Africa in Kolkata, when he bowled a really great spell but didn't get any wickets. He was stressed, and I told him, "Ishant, you bowled a wonderful spell so let's focus on what you have done there." Like Pragyan Ojha's spell against Australia in Mohali, where he bowled 20 overs for around 28 runs and got no wickets, but played a huge role in India eventually going on to win that game. I have tried to tell the guys it's not always about the wickets column.

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