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Expert tips for budding bowlers

Seldom one gets a chance to meet an expert who is willing to share his experiences and offer some hands-on tips.

Eighteen budding seamers of Tata Steel Cricket Training Centre in Jamshedpur got an opportunity like this when Rajiv Seth, a fast bowler who has played first class cricket for Bengal and Odisha, dropped in during a special camp at Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur on Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day camp was organised by Tata Steel sports department on May 17 and 18.

The trainees, who nurture dreams of becoming Varun Aarons and Rahul Shuklas, picked up some basic things and finer nuances of pace bowling.

Seth (46) — who now works with Tata Steel and is posted in Calcutta — went back on Monday. But, before leaving he expressed his satisfied with the talent trove.

“Overall, the boys seemed to be talented. I found the built of some of the players really impressive. I worked on the fundamentals of pace bowling. I also stressed on bio-mechanics as it keeps the body alignment right,” Seth told The Telegraph.

During the camp he also dwelled on the run-up, delivery stride as well as line and length of the bowler, said Seth, who was a twelfth man in the Indian team during Sachin Tendulkar’s maiden trip to Pakistan in 1989.

The Tata Steel Cricket Training Centre trainees were beaming after the camp.

“I was working on my head position after releasing the delivery. Seth Sir has given me some very valuable tips. I will work on them to rectify this flaw,” said 18-year-old Neeraj Kumar.

Aman Kumar was pointed out some fault in his run-up and hopes to correct it during the training sessions at the Tata centre.

“My run-up was not smooth. I have been given some advice on how to perfect it,” the 14-year-old added.

Organisers, too, looked happy.

“We wanted our boys to benefit by working under Seth. So we arranged a two-day camp at Keenan Stadium,” said Tata Steel sports department head Charles Borromeo.

Coach Satish Singh, a former Ranji all-rounder, echoed him. “Though the camp was short, our wards have picked some vital lessons, thanks to Seth who himself has been trained under legendary Dennis Lillee at the MRF Pace Academy,” he added.