Chat AP's Venugopal Rao has become one of the key players for the Delhi Daredevils
Y alaka Venugopal Rao says that his Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag is a great human being and one who makes every one in the team feel comfortable in a very quiet and efficient manner.
“It is a pleasure to be part of a team led by Sehwag,” says Venu, who led Andhra in the Ranji Trophy for many seasons.
“We have not been doing as well as one expected in this IPL edition so far. But, the franchisee owners are thorough gentlemen. They take both victory and defeat in the same way,” says Venu who played 16 ODIs between 2005 and 2006.
“What is most impressive is that the franchisee owners keep reminding us that their ultimate dream is to see that as many players from their team go on to play for India in future. Once this happens, automatically the brand value of the team increases even as players grow in stature,” explains this diminutive all-rounder, who was one of the key performers for Delhi in the on-going IPL.
“I am not thinking too far ahead of this IPL. Right now, the focus is on winning the next games and be in contention to qualify for the play-offs. Playing for India is a dream which every cricketer loves to realise. And, I am no different. I always believe that as a cricketer my priority is to keep performing well. You have to be in the limelight by the sheer weight of your performances. Selection is not in our hands any how,” he says.
How different is the experience for Venu now playing for Delhi after his three-year stint with Deccan Chargers? “Honestly, I enjoyed playing for Chargers too with the likes of Gilchrist, Symonds and Gibbs. Playing in any IPL is itself a huge learning process. You tend to learn a lot about their culture, training method and definitely tend to pick invaluable advice, which should help you become a better cricketer.”
Do you need to change your technique for the T-20 format?
“Not necessarily. All you have to do is to play the cricketing shots and show the desired discipline. You might click or you might not. But T-20 is not just about hitting the ball around from the word go,” signs off Venu before joining his teammates.
V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM
Playing for India is a dream which every cricketer loves to realise. And, I am no different