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DISTANT SHORES Chakradhar who participated in a twenty-20 cricket tournament in South Africa
DISTANT SHORES Chakradhar who participated in a twenty-20 cricket tournament in South Africa

The latest Indian sensation in the Twenty-20 international cricket is 21-year-old D. Chakradhar from Vijayawada, says J. R. SHRIDHARAN

The sojourn to South Africa to exhibit his cricketing skills was not just a maiden foreign tour for Chakradhar, an MCA student of ICFAI College, but also an all-important one to make a self-assessment of strengths and weaknesses. The budding cricketer, who regularly practises indoor and Twenty-20 cricket, represented the Indian team in the triangular club series in South Africa, involving Pretoria Club, Unisa Club from Pakistan and Indian Twenty-20 Federation Team, from February 19 to 27. "We lost to Pretoria Club in the last league match. As a medium pacer, I took eight wickets and scored 102 runs in three matches," says Chakradhar.For the youngster, the experience of playing on the bouncy and pacy South African wickets enabled him to master the art of controlling the new ball. "In Twenty-20 format, it is the batsmen who dominate the show, as they free their arms right from the beginning to pile up huge scores. Maintaining the line and length is the primary job of a bowler," he points out. The matches were played at Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria.Chakradhar reveals that his interaction with many senior players from South Africa and Pakistan helped him hone his skills for the better performance in the future. "South Africa's international cricketer Neil McKenzie greeted us and I will cherish the moment. The grounds where we played are all international venues. The outfield was lush green and the fielders seldom hesitated to dive full length to stop the ball racing to the boundaries," he says. Chakradhar is all set to travel to Malaysia and Thailand to take part in Super Sixes tournaments in March, and he is waiting for a call from the organisers. Keen on making his mark in the national circuit, Chakradhar has plans to attend the selection of the Andhra Cricket Association's Under-22 team to grab a place in the State team. "I used to practise in league matches and was trained under the watchful eyes of coach Sundar a few years back. With my exposure, I think I can get a berth in the State Under-22 team," feels the flamboyant cricketer.The ultimate aim of Chakradhar is to earn a berth in the Indian Twenty-20 team and wear the prestigious BCCI blue cap. "I will chase the dream, until it is realised," says the committed slam-bang cricketer.

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