Only first-class grind can groom India U-19 pacers, says bowling coach Paras Mhambrey

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Mumbai: Paras Mhambrey, the bowling coach of World Cup-winning India U-19 team believes the young inexperienced pacers need to grind it out at the first-class level in order to be battle ready for the tough challenges ahead.

“They (young pacers) are far away. Yes, they have done well at the Under-19 level, yes they have hit certain speeds levels. But if you look at the challenges at the first-class level, the quality of batting, it is going to be a while for them,” 45-year-old Mhambrey said.

“They need to go through the first class grind. They will experience failures as well as successes and will eventually evaluate themselves. As a fast bowler, it is not just the ability to bowl fast, (but) also about understanding how to bowl, understanding your body, the conditions, the wickets.”

Mhambrey said it is too early to predict whether the young fast bowlers are ready for higher-level cricket. Asked whether the boys were distracted by the IPL auction, Mhambrey said, “These boys are…

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