English coach Ian Port to train aspiring Hyderabadi cricketers

Ian Port
MENTORING: Fast bowling coach Ian Pont of England and Catherine Dalton overseeing a training camp during the Ultimate Pace Foundation 5-day speed camp at NexGen Cricket Academy in Alwal.

Hyderabad: International fast bowling coach Ian Pont of England is in city to interact with young aspiring trainees at Ultimate Pace Foundation 5-day speed camp for local players. Accompanying him is Catherine Dalton, the leading female fast bowling coach in the world. The duo will be at the city’s NexGen Cricket Academy in Alwal for the next few days.

Pont, a three-time ICC World Cup coach and who has worked with eminent fast bowlers like Dale Steyn, Shoaib Akhtar and Mohit Sharma, said: “We are bringing the Ultimate Pace Foundation (UPF) to Hyderabad to develop talent in the area. We teach speed through understanding the bowling action and a unique series of fast bowling technical drills. The results are faster speeds, better control and safer actions.”

Catherine Dalton is Pont’s student and has attributed her success from 17-year-old school girl to an international fast bowler to the coach. She acknowledges that this methodology works having represented Ireland at last year’s T20 World Cup in India.

She said: “We want to make a difference. India can develop genuine fast bowling and the methods we use will definitely help that. It’s our first camp in Hyderabad and we are keen to see what talent this region has to offer.”  Both Pont and Dalton have been spreading the pace bowling word across India since 2014. “Knowing what to coach and how to coach are the key to creating talented fast bowlers”, added Pont who is author of best-selling The Fast Bowler’s Bible and two other cricket books. “This is my lifetime’s work in biomechanics. We are here to share it.”

The 25-year-old Dalton, who has a First-class Honours degree in Physical education added: “We never get bowlers to slow down, only speed up. The coaching is a GPS system that guides bowlers in the art and science of fast bowling. It’s very exciting.”