Ian Pont has launched the Ultimate Pace Foundation in Bangalore: The chance for any Indian fast bowler to learn how to bowl faster. Ian explains why he set up his fast bowling academy, and how to join.
Every fast bowler would take an extra yard of pace.
Yet, India has not produced genuine fast bowlers. There is no genetic or physical reason for this. The only thing it can be is that young bowlers are not encouraged to bowl straight and fast like in Pakistan.
That's what I want to change at the Ultimate Pace Foundation.
I want Indian bowlers to come and take their chance to become a fast bowler. I want to have bowlers who have a heart for bowling fast. I want to break the tradition of being satisfied with being a trundler.
Bowl like Steyn, not Kumar
The youngsters that I speak to around India all idolise bowlers like Dale Steyn, Brett Lee and Shaun Tait.
No-one wants to be Kumar or Sharma.
They all want to be Kohli or Tendulkar with the bat, but nobody wants to be an Indian bowler. They don't have anyone to look up to like in Pakistan where you fall over three fast bowler's walking to the shop. The difference is expectation.
At the moment cricketers are destroyed by the 40 year history of being told they can't bowl fast. They think they need to slow down to be accurate. You don't see coaches in India tell bowlers to try and hit batsmen on the head. You can see how effective fast, short bowling has been on English batsmen during the Ashes.
Hitting line and length is fine, but why not hit it 20kph faster?
Most coaches tend to say "I would rather you hit your length at 120kph than miss it at 145kph". I wouldn't: I rather you bowled at 155!
That way, when you get it right you destroy teams. It takes a lifetime to prove you are accurate, but it takes one ball to prove you are quick. The West Indies of the 1970s dominated the world for 15 years with that strategy. Pace is king.
What with increasing restrictions on bowlers in cricket, speed is the one area where there is no limitation. Use that fact to your advantage.
You can learn the attitudes and secrets of how to bowl faster at the Ultimate Pace Foundation; my 7 day fast bowling academy that will set you up for a lifetime of pace bowling.
The facility we are using in Bangalore is ideal for fast bowlers. You can wear spikes in the nets, and the monsoon rains tend to stay away. That means it's cricket all year round. And fast bowling at maximum pace.
Click here to take your one chance and become a cricketer.