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Lillee's pat for Varun

Principal Correspondent

— PHOTO: V. GANESAN

THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT: Dennis Lillee correcting a minor anomaly in Varun Aaron's grip, as M. Senthilnathan looks on, at the MRF Pace Foundation on Wednesday.

CHENNAI: Former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee is back in the city on the second of his three annual coaching stints at the MRF Pace Foundation here.

Addressing the press on Wednesday, Lillee said he was impressed with India's most promising set of pacemen that is currently undergoing training at the Foundation. The group includes 21-year-old Varun Aaron — the Delhi Daredevils strike bowler who impressed with his speed in IPL 2011.

“Varun has worked really hard on his fitness, strength and flexibility, which are the hallmarks of a good fast bowler. The final phase of training is the mental aspect and I think Varun is ready to move to the next level,” said Lillee.

Varun's grip

The legendary Aussie said he had, in conjunction with Chief Coach M. Senthilnathan, corrected a minor anomaly in Varun's grip on Wednesday.

“He was holding the fingers too hard on the ball. The grip should be firm, but it should also be relaxed so that the wrist can do its work. You need the separation between the fingers adjacent to the seam,” he said.

Lillee will be in attendance at the Foundation till July 12, following which he will be back for another stint in August.

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