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Bengaluru, October 6: Ian Pont has good amount of success as a bowling coach. The Englishman has been imparting lessons on how to increase pace combined with accuracy over the last three years through Ultimate Pace Foundation (UPF). Pont, who coached international teams like Bangladesh and associated with top-of-the-shelf pacers like Dale Steyn, will conduct clinics across India in cities like Gurgaon and Vadodara to help aspiring Indian quicks gain in experience and skill ahead of sterner tests. Pont took some time off from his hectic schedule to talk to Mykhel.com about pace bowling, UPF, contemporary quick men among others. Excerpts: UPF....how's it coming along over the last three years? I started the UPF in Bengaluru in January 2014. Since then we have had 14 camps and have others planned. It's tough without a sponsor but we have spread the word to Delhi, Pune, Vadodara and Hyderabad. The coaching is based on my Four Tent Pegs developed form 20 years of research and how technical fast bowling shares many crossovers with javelin and baseball pitching - both sports which I have taken part in. Our website www.ultimatepacefoundation.com has had more than 220,000 visits in this time. Unlike other well-funded places like MRF Pace Foundation, UPF works exclusively on developing speed and teaching bowlers how to bowl quicker and more accurately. You are a regular to India in this period, have you noticed any change in the approach of young Indian bowlers? Indian bowlers bowl far too much in my view. Often they bowl for hours on end and get very little in return. It becomes very hard to develop talent without technical input and interaction. When I first started coaching in India, players were hesitant to respond and really just sat there. But now, their mindset towards learning fast bowling as changed. I believe that you should coach others as you wish to be coached yourself. In the present Indian set up, pacers get as much significance as spinners. Glad to see this cultural shift within cricket? It is great to note that India is focusing less on spin to win matches. It is terrific to see quicks doing well. But the challenge of any great quick is to take wickets overseas and win Tests in foreign conditions. The second thing is producing bowlers regularly bowling 150 kph to challenge the best batting techniques. We have yet to witness either yet, so India has work to do in this respect. As I said there are some good signs and it would be good to see the world's fastest coming out of India soon. https://www.mykhel.com/cricket/mindset-of-indian-fast-bowlers-is-changing-ian-pont-070712.html
I am hoping that the moderators will allow me to pass on this information about The Ultimate Pace Foundation. In it's 3rd year now, UPF has a new camp at TERI Cricket Ground in Gurgaon, Delhi on October 24th, 25th, 26th & 27th. The website www.ultimatepacefoundation.com carries the details if you have an interest in Fast Bowling tuition with me. I have been committed to developing talented fast bowlers in India, since Harshal Patel and Mohit Sharma at Haryana, but this is my own foundation, which is unfunded or sponsored. And I need some help from people in promoting the event. Thank you in advance for your generous interest. former Haryana pace bowler Dhruv Singh is assisting with making bookings.
tweaker posted a topic in IPL ForumWho is the best fast bowling all-rounder in this IPL
Finally it has been said. Umesh indeed is a great bowler. Well, Shami could be the best in India, but Umesh has taken Indian fast bowling and the perception of Indian fast bowlers to a different level, which no other pacer ever did. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/australia-in-india/australia-in-india-umesh-the-best-pacer-in-india-now-rodney-hogg/articleshow/57208776.cms Rodney Hogg goes on to say that had Umesh been in Australia, he would have got 150+ wickets. Well, finally world cricket acknowledges that Indian pacers are better than what their stats show!