Borthwick, Patel give spin bowling tips to young cricketers

Scott Borthwick of England during a training session at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Hyderabad: Oct 11, 2011

Over 40 young cricketers, hailing from slum areas in Amberpet in Hyderabad, received spin bowling tips from England spinners Scott Borthwick and Samit Patel on Monday at the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Works Ground on Monday afternoon.

21-year-old Borthwick said, “You have to enjoy the game but at the same time, have to work hard for success. To be a good cricketer, you have to be happy and respect your coaches and elders, 21-year-old leggie Borthwick advised the budding cricketers.

Former Pakistan spinner and spin bowling coach of England, Mushtaq Ahmed was impressed with the facilities given to the poor children, and appealed to the young cricketers to make full use of the opportunity, IBN reported.

Arif, a budding spinner said, “They taught us how to grip the ball and showed different variations.

The meeting was organised by the Zubi Cricket Academy, and president B Miraj informed most of the boys families are very poor.

“Some of them come from families of vendors and auto-drivers and a few are street children. We brought them to the camp after convincing their parents, said Miraj.

He added, “The boys are given free shoes and cricket kits. Some of them are talented. Given proper coaching, they can be good cricketers. Some of the young pace bowlers like Naresh, Siraj and Iraj bowl at 120 kmp, said Miraj.