Walsh faults current Windies pacemen

“This group of West Indian fast bowlers lacks confidence and consistency. The basic talent is there, but they need to be a lot more consistent. Hopefully, this series against India will offer a turning point, and we will see better performances,” said Walsh, who was honoured by the Jamaica Cricket Association during a function at Sabina Park on Monday.

The owner of 519 Test wickets, Walsh said the physique of old-time West Indian pace bowlers made them all the more menacing. “It's not that these bowlers don't have pace or talent. Perhaps, our generation of pace bowlers had the physique -- tall. If you look at these bowlers, many of them are short. But they have talent, and just that they need to get more consistent. If they do so, we can reach among the top three,” he said.

On his legendary new-ball partnership with Curtly Ambrose, Walsh said they supported each other well. “We complemented each other. The secret of our success was in the fact that we never competed with each other. We understood the needs of the team, and worked together accordingly.”

Walsh said he never sledged. “I never sledged because I don't want to talk, and I let the ball do all the talking,” the Jamaican said. He added that Sachin Tendulkar was his favourite batsman. “India have a lot of good batsmen, Dravid, Laxman -- but my number one pick is Tendulkar. He has a lot of time against pace bowlers,” Walsh said.

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