Mumbai: Man-of-the-match in the semifinal, on Thursday, Lendl Simmons, pointed out that ‘Indian bowling attack was suspect’ and the ‘fast bowlers didn’t have express pace’ which made things a bit easy for him on a good batting wicket besides the lifelines he got through two no-balls. The dearth of an effective genuine quick bowler has been the long-standing problem for India. The bowlers are found wanting on pitches which don’t assist them much.
Former Australian pacer Brett Lee seems to be working on the issue to find India a genuine fast bowler.
“My dream is to find India’s fastest bowler. That’s the work in progress,” said Lee. India were knocked out of the ICC World Cup semi-final for the second year running and the search for the new coach is set to pick speed now but Indian coaching job doesn’t excite the legendary pacer. “I was bowling coach of KKR and to wear two hats was lot of fun but I am very busy with commitments and I am not sure in terms of coaching,” he said.
His former Australia teammate Shane Warne felt he can give it a thought if he gets an offer from the Indian board. “I am always open for anything. I definitely want to stay with cricket and at the moment I am enjoying doing commentary for three television channels in India, England and Australia. I am playing professional poker and I have Monarch Cruise coming up with many former cricketers. I will also be busy with All Stars and just closed my Shane Warne foundation. I am a single father of three and have sponsorship work as well.
“Through these into mix I don’t have many days left. I am not sure I am ready to coach right now. But I will never say no to any opportunity. India is a talented team and I will love to coach them. I am sure there will be pressure but I can cope with it,” the former Australian leg-spinner said. Warne felt India isn’t too much reliant on Kohli despite his match winning innings in the ICC World Twenty20. “Virat Kohli is a fantastic player. No.3 is Kohli position in a Twenty20 team. Chris Gayle will be my second pick as an opener. He has done so well,” Warne said.