Aussie spinners take lessons from BediOctober 26th, 2008 - 9:04 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) Australian camp Sunday had an unlikely visitor in former India’s spin great Bishan Singh Bedi, who dished out nuances of his art to their unheralded tweakers.Bedi, who spent nearly three hours at the Australian net session gave tips to spinners Jason Krejza and Cameron White.
Bedi’s help was sought by the Australians, who are struggling to make any impact in the spin department which has been left void after the exit of Shane Warne.
“I shared my cricketing thoughts with them. Let us see how they apply it,” Bedi told reporters at Ferozshah Kotla here Sunday.
The former India captain was at an Australian embassy function Saturday night where he was invited to help the visitors. Australia are trailing 0-1 in the four-Test series, ahead of a crucial third Test here.
“I met Bishen last night at the embassy function and aked him to come to the nets. He has immense knowledge of spin. He is a good friend of the Australian team and international cricket,” said Australian opener Matthew Hayden after his side’s extended net session.
After the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) came under fire from the Indian cricket board for going out of its way to help the visitors, Bedi’s good gesture can well stir the hornet’s nest.
Bedi though insisted: “Let us not make an issue of it. Spin is a craft I possess and if someone wants to learn from me, I am always there to help.”
Asked for his observation on the Australian spinners, Bedi said they have the capability to deliver the goods.
“Never underestimate the Australians. Anybody who is in the Australian squad is not below par. Cameron White is a good bowler, perhaps a bit fast as a leg-spinner. Krejza is also good.”
Rahul Dravid, however, found nothing wrong in Bedi’s visit.
“Cricket knowledge is all about sharing. People must be allowed to share their knowledge. When we go out on a tour, we also ask for expert’s advise. Even Irfan (Pathan) sought advise from Wasim (Akram) on the Pakistan tour. Sharing of knowledge is a common thing in the dressing room and I don’t see any harm in it,” he said.
The visitors reportedly had also called former bowler Manoj Prabhakar to help their fast bowlers learn the art of reverse swing in Indian conditions but he refused to help.