Nottingham:Sachin Tendulkar not only played a crucial innings but also a smart role in getting the important wicket of Michael Vaughan in the second innings when the English skipper was single-handedly thwarting India's effort for a win.
Though Vaughan would have considered himself unfortunate as the ball after hitting his pad gently rolled onto the stumps but it was Tendulkar's advice to keep bowling Vaughan round the stumps that finally clicked and triggered a batting collapse for England.
"It was Sachin's advice to bowl him round the stumps and it got the crucial wicket," bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad revealed after India coasted to victory by seven wickets in the second Test at Nottingham on Tuesday.
"Zaheer has been bowling consistently through out the match and specially he was bowling round the stumps to Vaughan which got him out," Prasad said.
Prasad praised his wards, specially Zaheer, for putting up a brave effort and sticking to the task.
"They bowled in the right areas and utilised the conditions well. In the first morning there was bit of moisture after rains and the bowlers kept the ball in right areas. In the second innings, maintaining line and length was important and we discussed that in the team meeting. They did a wonderful job," he said.
"The whole team was charged up. Zaheer was very positive and aggressive," he said.
Sreesanth a worry
But it was young Sreesanth who perhaps is the only worry for Prasad at the moment.
"He has all the talent to get success. But he needs to be focused, calm, cool and collective. I am spending lot of time with him and talking to him a lot. I am working on him," said the Indian bowling coach.
He, however, said there was nothing wrong with Sreesanth doing a bit of his antics on the field.
"It is nice to have people who does something on the field. It comes as an advantage," he said.
Fielding coach Robin Singh believes his team was improving on the field.
"I am working with them. There is a bit of improvement. They have done well in patches but need to be more consistent with the fielding part. The more they get quickly on the ball,
its much better," he said.
"I have been doing lot of fielding drills with them," he said.