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AIMING HIGH: Former Andhra Ranji skipper V.Vijayasaradhi.
AIMING HIGH: Former Andhra Ranji skipper V.Vijayasaradhi.

J R Shridharan

Vijayasaradhi to fine-tune the skills of 25 players

Fitness is a very important factor, says Vijayasaradhi

Medium pacers should be accurate and flexible, according to him

VIJAYAWADA: Former Andhra Ranji skipper V. Vijayasaradhi is on a mission. He has been assigned the job of a coach by the Andhra Cricket Association to fine tune the skills of 25 cricketers from Krishna district, who were short listed by a selection committee, for the forthcoming season.

The 38-year-old Vijayawada-born cricketer, along with assistant coach and former Andhra Ranji player G.N. Srinivas, is supervising the camp both in the mornings and evenings, offering the all-important suggestions and tips to the up and coming cricketers.

“These 25 players will undergo a coaching stint for three weeks, which concludes on May 21. We have players representing all the age groups, such as under-14, under-17, under-19, under-22 and seniors. The best of the players will stake their claim in the various State teams. Similar camps are also being held in all 13 districts,” says Vijayasaradhi, who works as an officer with the State Bank of India at Chennai.

Ranji players like medium pacer Kalyan Krishna, middle order batsman D. Prabhu Kiran and left-arm spinner V.V.V. Appa Rao, along with other youngsters, are honing their sills at the IGMC nets. “We are also planning to stage a couple of friendly matches in the last week of the camp to give the players the on-field experience,” he reveals.

Vijayasaradhi feels that fitness is the most important requirement, as it decides the on-field performance of a player. “Most of the batsmen get out when they are in 30s or 40s due to lack of fitness. Once your limbs fails to coordinate, your mind compels you to go in for a rash stroke.

To stay in the middle for a longer duration, one has to be fit as a fiddle. We have special drills for batsmen to beef up their fitness levels.” He says success of medium pacers largely depend on selection of areas to pitch the ball. “Maintaining the line and length should be the primary object of medium pacers. They should also learn the art of extracting the best out of the strip to befuddle the batsmen,” he opines.

‘Special talent’

Though he feels that all the players are shaping well for the season, he makes a couple of special mentions about some budding cricketers.

“The 16-year-old wicket keeper Raju Nayak will go places. He has the right attitude of a wicket keeper and has impressive glove work techniques. Left arm spinner Bheema Rao is another bright prospect. Medium pacers N. V. Mahesh, M. Dinesh Kumar, all-rounder Krishna Babu, middle-order batsman Sk. Shajahan are others who can shape themselves into quality cricketers,” he says.


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