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Bob Simpson spots flaws in Tendulkarís technique
New Delhi: Former Australia captain and coach Bob Simpson has said runs have dried up from Sachin Tendulkar's willow because he is no longer watching the ball out of the bowler's hand.

''He (Tendulkar) has fallen into what is probably the most common error in batting - not watching the ball out of the bowler's hand but watching for the ball in areas around it,'' Simpson wrote in his column for the Sportstar magazine.

''Tests have shown that you can pick the ball about a metre sooner if you watch it right out of the bowler's hand. This is a huge advantage to a batsman,'' he added.

The renowned coach, however, praised the Indian maestro for his willingness to learn.

''Sachin was a dream to coach. Almost in my first session with him, I noticed he had fallen into the error of moving back to the leg stump instead of middle and leg to cover good length. I discussed with him the disadvantages of such a method and the advantages of what I was suggesting. Read moreread more

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''We watched a video of him batting in the nets, which confirmed my thoughts and Sachin immediately began remedying it.

''For some years after this, even when I wasn't coaching India, whenever I ran into Sachin he would always ask if I had noticed anything wrong with his batting.

''If Sachin were to ask me that question today, I would say, 'check the video and you will find that even with your defensive shots you are late getting into position'.''

Describing former India coach Greg Chappell as a failure as captain and coach, Simpson criticised him for his reported face-off with senior players.

''Obviously, Greg Chappell had problems with the attitude of some of the top players. I found his public declaration of his dissatisfaction over the attitude and commitment of his senior players most disappointing.

''His lack of success with the Indian cricket team has come as no surprise to the Australian cricket fraternity. He is admired greatly for his wonderful, graceful and successful batting, but his captaincy and coaching did not command the same respect,'' Simpson said.

Simpson also criticised the tendency among some countries to ape the Australian system even if that did not suit them.

''The whole world seems hell bent upon copying the Australian way of cricket. To me this is wrong and unhelpful to the development of world cricket.

''Sticking to the very basics of cricket has always been the successful format of cricketers and teams throughout the world, not fashion, fad and theories, which seem to be the driving forces today.

''India, like most countries, have their own style of playing cricket. To divert too far from that is seeking problems, and denying the natural instincts of the individual players,'' he said.

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