Consistency more important than pace, says Shane Bond

Islamabad: New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond has said that players need to be consistent in their performances rather than striving to show their fast bowling talents.

With a record delivery of 156.4 km/h in the 2003 World Cup, Bond said that he yearns to produce world-class fast bowlers as a bowling coach and has the ability to analyze the game.

Bond said that bowling consistently is more useful than bowling fast, as fast bowling will not enable a player to take wickets. He added that players such as Kapil Dev, Glenn McGrath and Richard Hadlee have always bowled at the right line and length, making it a difficult strike for the batsmen.

In the interview with Pak Passion, Bond said he believes that he can be of much help to the players as he has gone through similar phases of anxiety, nervousness and playing experiences, adding that it is a challenge to work with players with whom he has played in his cricket career such as Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Doug Bracewell.

Stating that fast-bowling camps like the one Wasim Akram has built in Pakistan to train young bowlers will not work in New Zealand, Bond said that New Zealand is a comparatively smaller country where word spreads fast on the existing and upcoming cricket talents.

Bond said that he is aware of the pressure on bowlers especially with the Twenty 20 tournaments and different formats of bowling, but maintains that good bowlers must experience playing with different players across different countries of the world such as in the Indian Premier League.

Stating that it is important to play less sometimes and stay fit rather than playing in all formats and getting injured, Bond said that he is making attempts at coaching the bowlers to pitch the ball up and bowl on a fuller length and swing the ball when required, adding that it is absolutely necessary to take wickets in one day matches.

Bond further said that he has planned strategies for bowling in the ICC Champions trophy test series in England and believes that if players bowl to the same level as they did in their home country against England, then they can bowl out the country twice, adding that the bowlers need to make more than 300 runs in the first innings so that there is enough pressure on England.