Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (TOI Photo)
KOLKATA: Former India spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan did not see a bright future for Team India’s spin attack as he feels the country is lacking quality spinners. “I think India need a spin bowling coach,” he told Indian women’s team coach WV Raman during a chat show ‘Inside Out’.
However, he was quick to add in jest that he did not aspire to be one. But the former leg-spinner made it clear that he is not happy with the way spinners are handled in the country now.
“Captaincy has become negative in terms of not giving runs and keeping it tight,” he pointed out. “You don’t get to see attacking field position to a spinner bowling. That means you are waiting for the batsman to make mistakes and fall in the deep and not in the slips or forward short-leg. In that way I feel spinners are being ignored,” he stated.
“The current lot is trying but after this I don’t think we will get good spinners in India,” he warned.
The former Tamil Nadu player in this respect referred to his own playing days.
“I always performed really well under (Sunil) Gavaskar and not so much under Kapil Dev. Kapil was a very instinctive captain while Gavaskar was a captain who would plan things…who would tell you what he expects from you,” he said.
“I think captaincy plays an important part in the development of a leg-spinner or any spinner for that matter,” he added.
Shiva, who turned a commentator after his playing days, felt the National Cricket Academy (NCA) is also not doing enough in this regard. “I don’t know what happens in the NCA but it is supposed to produce the cricketers that we require. But at the moment I don’t see any spinner of higher quality who can go to play for India immediately,” he concluded.