Mumbai:Terming bowling as "India's weakest link", former all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar on Tuesday said that a bowling coach was a must for the team.
"If the Indian team cannot make many runs, we cannot win. Bowling is our weakest link. Batsman in India are termed world-class but not bowlers. We need to make our pacers our strength," Prabhakar told reporters here.
"That's why we need a bowling coach. If there is a bowling coach the bowlers can constantly improve. Otherwise they will come to the team 'A' class, but their level will keep on dropping," he said.
"For batsman, we have the likes of Sachin (Tendulkar) and (Rahul) Dravid to give advice but for bowling we need a professional bowling coach," he added.
Since Venkatesh Prasad was sacked from the job, India are without a bowling coach.
Asked about the poor form of pacer Ishant Sharma, whom he had guided during his stint as the bowling coach of the Delhi team, Prabhakar said the bowler needed to mend his action to be back to his best.
"Too much cricket is one reason (for Ishant's poor form). There are few flaws in his action. When your wrist is not behind the seam you are gone. But it is a minor flaw and he (Ishant) is still the best," he said.
Prabhakar, who was here to announce the next edition of pace bowling talent hunt 'Gatorade Pacers 2010', felt the Indian team didn't have the basics to produce a tearaway fast bowler.
"If you see the background, we were more of medium pacers and relied more on swing. Javagal Srinath changed the scenario a little bit but still the basics are missing," Prabhakar said.
"If we want, we can be good pacers. But the basics need to be strengthened. May be in the next one or two years we will have a couple of fast bowlers," he added.
Commenting on Prasad's stint with the Indian team, Prabhakar said,"If he was complete, our bowling level would not have dropped. I started at 124km/hr and ended at 140km/hr. But here they (bowlers) are starting well only to get slower."
Prabhakar also batted for the cause of former Indians to be considered for coaching the Indian team.
"Those who have done wonders for the country should also be given a chance to coach the team. If there is someone who is working hard on the field, producing results why not? An Indian can coach too.
"If you don't give your own players a chance, then who else will? May be two years later (or whenever he retires) they (BCCI) can ask players like Sachin Tendulkar to contribute their expertise," he said.
Prabhakar said given a chance, he too was willing to be the bowling coach of the team.