Reid praises Sourav's men

Bowling coach Bruce Reid today said the Indian team had the ability to lift their intensity in the Natwest Challenge and the Champions Trophy in England.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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The beleaguered Indian team found some much needed psychological boost when bowling coach Bruce Reid said Sourav Ganguly's men had the ability to lift their intensity in the coming Natwest Challenge and the Champions Trophy in England. "They came out of a break after the superb showing in Australia and Pakistan and immediately it is not easy to get back into groove," said former Australian seamer Reid, whose services the Indians have sought to get their bowling combination sorted out. "But they have a couple of big tournaments in England and you would find the intensity would lift. They would be back where they were in Australia and Pakistan," he said. Desperate to regain form Reid's confidence should serve as a good boost to the Indians who are desperate to regain their vaunted form and have been set back by the loss of batting ace Sachin Tendulkar for the three-match series against England due to an elbow injury. By what Reid saw of the Indian fast bowlers in the last two days, the former left-arm paceman is pleased with the progress Irfan Pathan has made and feels Laxmipathy Balaji has gone a "little away" from what he had advised the young Tamil Nadu fast bowler in Australia. "Irfan is okay, but Balaji has tried out a few things. They are very young and have got enormous talent. Young boys always try and change a few things and talk to other people as well," Reid said. Refined action He is also pleased by what he has seen of Ashish Nehra and feels the Delhi left-arm medium-pacer has refined his action since he last saw him in Australia. "Nehra looks better than what he did in Australia. He has got over a couple of niggles and is getting through to the crease better. Hopefully he can now bowl well again," Reid added. Reid said in his association with the team in the last two days, he has impressed on them to try and bowl as many slower deliveries and yorkers as possible. He said even though his stint with the Indians would be interrupted during the Natwest Challenge because of his commitment with Hampshire, he should be available full time to them during the Champions Trophy. (PTI)