Wright urges young Black Caps to study Indian batting style

March 25th, 2009 - 1:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Sachin Tendulkar

Napier (New Zealand), Mar.25 (ANI): Former Indian cricket team coach John Wright has urged New Zealand’’s inexperienced batting unit to carefully note of how the Indian batters go about their business while at the crease.
Having seen Sachin Tendulkar, Rahuld Dravid and Virender Sehwag and V V S Laxman at close quarters, Wright now says that the Kiwi batters can learn a lot from India’’s batting core, which recently helped the team to cruise to a 10-wicket victory in Hamilton.
“You learn as much off players as you do coaches even if they”re opposition players. Cricket’’s like any sport, you study it, you look for what other blokes do. Every one’’s a bit different but there’’s always fundamentals,” the NZPA quoted Wright, as saying.
On Tendulkar, who has played 157 tests and scored 12,589 since his debut in 1989, Wright says: “There’’s elements of his game, particularly his balance, the way he sets himself.”
“Balance is everything in batting. You have to pick the line and judge the length (of the ball) but your balance is very important. You want to go up and down the wicket, not across it. He’’s good at that,” he adds.
Wright said the rookies should also have noticed how to pace an innings by watching Tendulkar and Dravid at Seddon Park.
“As long as the players are working hard, you have to show a bit of patience,” Wright said, suggesting the current players will be persevered with. (ANI)

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