Shane Bond, bowling coach of the Mumbai Indians, was simply elated as his side stormed into the final of IPL 8. As a bowling coach, Bond has been highly successful. He was associated with New Zealand in the ICC World Cup 2015 and the Kiwi bowlers excelled massively under the guidance of Bond.
Back in his days, Bond was a complete terror package. His sheer pace and hostility struck fear in the hearts of the batsmen. Injuries though, took a toll on Bond and the gifted speedster could just play 120 games for New Zealand. Nonetheless, his second outing in cricket, as a bowling coach has been profusely fruitful till now. The former Kiwi pace sensation spoke about bowling in today’s era, after the Mumbai Indians defeated the Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier.
Below are the excerpts from his interview.
On the ICC Cricket Committee’s new recommendations:
We have to be careful while tinkering with the rules. I come from a country where rugby is the main sport. If every year you have a new rule or modify an existing rule, it can put them (fans) off because they don’t understand the new rules and it’s tough to follow. We had a fantastic World Cup, then why tinker with it? It is important that we first implement these rules at the domestic level, see whether it is successful, and then implement it at the international stage.
On the recommendation to allow a bowler to bowl more than 10 overs:
It’s a big mistake. One of the greatest elements of the game is the art of captaincy and how the captain manages his bowlers. That’s a part of the ODI magic. If you allow one bowler to bowl more than 10 overs, it negates the quest to find the right balance between the batting and bowling line-up.
On the current four-fielders-inside-the-30-yard-circle rule:
I don’t think T20 is a nightmare for bowlers. Those who are skillful will succeed. It is equally difficult for batsmen to come in and start playing their shots. It’s a challenge to do well within the rules. I don’t think these rules are against bowlers. It is a challenge for the players to reinvent their game. T20 is about having the right temperament. (There is) no point in complaining… look at great bowlers like Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult, Mohammad Shami — they are all successful under the current rules.
On India’s potential to produce fiery pacers:
India can definitely produce fast bowlers but I guess, the conditions play a major role in this. The other factor is the volume of cricket. You have to manage them well; plan their future tournaments and decide well when they will rest and when they will play. If you are going to make them bowl throughout the year, then you may only get to utilize their service for two years instead of five years. Fast bowlers are assets.
On pacers worldwide breaking down frequently:
It is a combination of tiredness, fatigue or losing strength. As a coach now, I try and understand each player, what he can cope with. If you can understand them well, then you can manage them well and help them limit their injuries certainly. No one can stop them from getting injured.