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Hunt for pace bowling talents kicks off

Hunt for pace bowling talents kicks off

The two lucky winners would be given an opportunity to train at the MRF Pace Foundation.

New Delhi: After a successful first edition of pace bowling talent hunt – 'Gatorade Pacers' in 2007, the hunt is all set to roll for its 2008 edition to find fresh pace bowling sensations in the country.

In its new edition that kicks off from January 4, Gatorade plans to look for under-15 and under-22 talents from more than 1000 schools and colleges as well as sports clubs in India across 7 cities - Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore.

The two lucky winners would be given an opportunity to train at the MRF Pace Foundation through a competitive training program designed by the legendary Australian pace bowler Dennis Lillie.

Present on the occasion in the capital on Thursday, the chief coach of the MRF Pace Foundation said, "The initiative by Gatorade feeds into the Foundation’s mission perfectly in developing strike bowlers, as we not just work on speed but also accuracy and variation. We know exactly how an Indian body mechanic works and accordingly train the players. I am confident that 'Gatorade pacers' will achieve new heights."

Former Indian pacer Javagal Srinath, who has been associated with the Hunt since its inception last year, was also present at the function.

"Gatorade is doing a great job in short listing talents in the country as it is very important that the fast bowlers are given training and confidence from the very young age to mentally prepare them for this batsmen dominated game," said Srinath.

first published:January 03, 2008, 18:55 IST