Modern spinners don't impress Warne's mentor

Terry Jenner, who mentored Shane Warne, says today's spinners aren't the same quality as Anil Kumble and Muttiah Muralitharan.

updated: July 25, 2008 09:34 IST
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New Delhi:

With Shane Warne already retired and Muttiah Muralitharan and Anil Kumble at the twilight of their careers, spin 'doctor' Terry Jenner feels international cricket will soon be without quality tweakers as the young lot lacks the magic of their illustrious seniors.

Clearly unimpressed by the likes of Monty Panesar who, according to Jenner, "should bring some change of pace to his repertoire" and Ajantha Mendis who "lacks a stock ball", the former Australian leg-spinner said these bowlers are simply not in the same league as Warne or Kumble.

"You're young, maybe you'll get to see another Warne, Murali or Kumble by the time you become old... But I don't think I'll be able to see any of the same ilk," the 63-year-old told PTI in a jocular vein.

Recalling the formative years of his prot g Warne, Jenner said, "In his early days, I knew that he has something in him... that he'll make it big. He (Warne) spun miles, using his wrists heavily. And then he got a lot of support and we gave him opportunities."

Asked if he has seen anybody as promising as Warne, Jenner, who has been roped in by the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) for a 15-day conditioning camp for the spinners, said, "There are few promising spinners whom I don't want to name. But I don't see who has the potential to fill in the void left by Warne."

"It is not even fair to compare somebody with the likes of Warne, Kumble and Murali who have put in more than 15 years at the highest level. Let the young spinners establish themselves at the international circuit by playing few years then we'll talk about them," Jenner said, referring to the likes of Panesar and Mendis.

Jenner felt Panesar lacks the change of pace. "Batsmen will easily pick you up if you bowl all the six balls at same pace. It's high time that he adds some change of pace to his armour," Jenner, who mastered the art of googly, said. It's a process, said the spin guru, referring to the development of spinners.

"This does not happen overnight. Great players don't always come. But you should be patient, rather than jumping the gun seeing somebody (Mendis) fared well in one-odd match," he remarked.

Asked what needs to be done to develop a pool of spinners so that the supply does not cease, Jenner said, "You must have patience and don't get desperate. It's a challenging task and takes a long time to develop and nurture somebody."

"Give the kids the right environment and protect them. Let them throw the ball no matter it turns or not...don't press the panic button," was the spin doctor's mantra for the budding spinners.