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Sachin needs to recharge his batteries: Simpson

May 04, 2004 16:33 IST

Former Australia captain and coach Bobby Simpson believes there is nothing wrong with Sachin Tendulkar's form but he does need to "recharge his batteries".

"I don't think there is anything wrong with Sachin's form. It is only that he needs to recharge his batteries. I would love to talk to him if he needs tips any time," said Simpson, who is in Mumbai to coach the under-14 cricketers at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) Academy.

Simpson was responding to a question whether Tendulkar's batting had slowed down in recent times.

The former Aussie player also said that skipper Sourav Ganguly and coach John Wright had been instrumental in India's success and the two have complemented each other with some fantastic wins abroad.

"John (Wright) is doing a superb job while Ganguly has led the team in Australia and Pakistan from the front and this has helped India emerge as a very dangerous team," he said.

"Coming back to John (Wright) I think he has played a significant role in moulding the Indian team and if I were to be connected with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) I would have definitely given him an extension", he added.

"Personally I think John (Wright) has got a few more years as a coach and all the hard work he has done with the Indian team has paid off at last. It is always better to have a coach who can deliver the goods than a coach with a big name tag", Wright said.

Talking about 'Team India', Simpson said "I think the Indian fielding, which was quite good during the Pakistan tour,  could improve further to get the best out of the present bowling attack as the old saying "catches win matches" still holds good in both forms of cricket".

When asked about Australia's tour of India in October during which they would be playing a four-match Test series, the former Aussie skipper, said "if you want to beat the Aussies in the forthcoming Test series then the Indians will have to improve in all departments of the game.

"It is not easy to beat the best team in the world if you don't have the right combination and if you don't play really hard," he added.

On the controversy over suspect bowling actions, Simpson said, "I don't want to take names here but I can only say that some people have got away with suspect actions though the International Cricket Council (ICC) can improve the system for the future".

Talking fondly of his young wards, Simpson said "I find coaching these kids a real pleasure as well as a challenge as you have to get their attention all the time".

"It is very satisfying to see a smile on the youngsters' face when they really understand what is expected of them and that gives me immense satisfaction," he added.

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