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India pacers take Michael Holding out for dinner

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By Sudatta Mukherjee

Jul 29, 2014

West Indian great Michael Holding was invited by the Indian fast bowlers for dinner on Saturday, ahead of the third Test between India and England at Southampton.

Holding, who is present at the venue as a commentator, was invited by the pacers to learn about fast bowling, Mid-Day reported.

The report stated that Ishant Sharma, Pankaj Singh and Mohammed Shami, who were present, were nervous by the presence of the West Indian legend. However, once the question and answer session started, the atmosphere became more chilled out. Holding guided the Indian bowlers, asking them to visualise while getting ready for the run-up. He also advised them to improvise their bowling only at nets and not during the match.

Shami asked Holding on whether it is important for the pacers to train themselves at gym. Holding explained that a bowler should go to gym only to strengthen their body. He further added that the crucial thing for a bowler is to bowl as accurate as possible and focus on pitching the ball at exact position at nets.

Holding also asked the pacers to learn the seam movement and taking Curtly Ambrose as an example, said swing is an art. Holding also taught Test debutant Pankaj Singh the correct way to grip the ball for improving his inswingers and showed him positioning on the ball. Holding throughout the session, emphasised the importance of bowling at nets.

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