Hendrick's tips helped me improve bowling action: Balaji

Hendrick's tips helped me improve bowling action: Balaji
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Bangalore, Jun 8 (PTI) Speedster Laxmipathy Balaji today said tips from former England fast bowler Mike Hendrick enabled him to mould his rhythm, bowling action and delivery style.

Balaji told reporters on the sidelines of the fitness camp for pace bowlers here that he had six sessions with the "very supportive" Hendrick during a recent visit when he was part of a company team (Chemplast Sanmar) that played against Nottingham countyside.

Describing his interaction with Hendrick as "very good", the Tamil Nadu youngster, who proved to be a revelation for India during the recent tour of Pakistan, said the tips pertained to delivery style, run-up, rhythm, pace and making the batsman wait for balls.

"It's like what Srinath and Zaheer are doing.... I have been trying to get that," he added.

Balaji said he was currently working on his line and length and trying to "master that".

And his personal goal for the coming season was to become very strong mentally and physically.

Balaji said the four-Test series against Australia at home later this year was very important and that it was going to be very tough for everyone.

"Last season was very good, now we have to recreate that performance," he said.

Balaji said as the coming season was going to be hectic, he would try to get into top shape at the ongoing camp and overcome the lag in fitness during the off-season.

"I want to prepare for the coming Asia Cup and Test series against Australia," he said.

Balaji disclosed that he had undergone a three-week training recently where the focus was on swimming and cycling and not on bowling at all.

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