Inadequacies against fast and short-pitched bowling have been highlighted by Praveen Amre, coach of the India ‘A' team that toured Scotland and England in June-July.
Very successful in employing his method of coaching and strategy with the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team, Amre in his tour report has lavished praise on Saurashtra's budding left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat for his outstanding exhibition of swing bowling and Bengal wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha for his work ethic and commitment to the team.
He's also pointed out that Punjab's Jaskaran Singh could be developed into an all-rounder because he could bat well and had the ability to clear the ground.
Criticism and disappointment
On the flip side, Amre has been critical of the lackadaisical attitude of Punjab left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma and disappointed with Sudeep Tyagi's attitude and has said the seamer has to rehabilitate himself and work on his bowling.
Amre has also been consistent in his observation that the majority of the batsmen have to improve their skills against short-pitched bowling.
Disappointed with Manish Pandey, a top-notch performer in the last first class season, Amre has said in his tour report that: “He (Pandey) displayed very poor form.
“His batting technique was found wanting. His mindset against the quickies has to be worked on.”
Amre has also said that Manoj Tiwary's performance was not commensurate with his ability; his footwork and batting skills are not good enough against genuine pace attack. Touching upon captain Cheteshwar Pujara's showing he said: “He's a highly focused player with comparable temperament. He still needs to work on his speed for the shorter version of the game.
“He appeared to manage the short-pitched deliveries quite well, but there is still room for improvement to reach the next level.
“Also there is room for him to improve his running between the wickets in ODIs.''
But the India ‘A' coach is happy with the progress made by Tamil Nadu left-hander Abhinav Mukund. “He gave the Indian team good opening stands in the Test matches (against the West India ‘A').
His batting in the ODIs was consistent. Initially he was getting out after scoring 30-40 runs, but when it mattered in the crucial semifinals (in the tri-series), he made a brilliant century.
Improvement could be made while playing the short- pitched delivery.”
The India ‘A' coach is pleased with the general improvement shown by Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Dhawal Kulkarni, but he has said in his report that left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla who bowled well in the Tests, was expensive in the tri-series and that he needs to bowl slow in order to extract maximum turn and control the batsmen.
Amre has given top marks to Unadkat. “He's the find of the tour. After a long hiatus we saw quality swing bowling; to show quality swing on debut is extremely creditable.
His exceptional bowling (13 wickets against the West Indies ‘A') helped us win the first Test and subsequently the series.”