‘He made it to the Indian team with his grit and dedication’
Former India International and Padmashri V.V.S. Laxman on Tuesday asked young cricketers of the Central Zone academy to emulate former India stumper and Andhra Cricket Association director M.S.K. Prasad, who, with his hard work made it to the Team India as wicket-keeper.
Speaking at the inaugural function of the academy at ACA stadium at Mangalagiri, he said MSK toiled hard at Hyderabad to get quality training. “He used to walk three to four kilometres with his kit bag on his shoulders. He came to Hyderabad as there were no proper facilities at his home town those days. He made it to the Indian team with his grit and dedication. Now as an administrator, he has brought the entire facilities under at one place to help train you better,” Mr. Laxman added.
Mr. Laxman appreciated the efforts of ACA in sprucing up three academies in three zones and exhorted the players to make use of the facilities.
ACA president D.V. Subba Rao asked players to take a leaf out of Laxman’s book to emerge a quality player and a good human being. “Laxman personifies dignity, humility and talent. He had never let fame get the better of him”.
The veteran administrator also shared moments spent with Laxman in the Indian tour to West Indies in which he was the team manager. “Kumble used to stretch his entire surname (VVS) while addressing him albeit jocularly and we used to gorge on idlies and dosas offered to us by the Indian community at the Caribbean islands”.
Mr. Rao said that cricket was the unifying factor in India and the recent unfortunate incidents during Indian Premier League (IPL) were just an aberration. “Cricket is still a religion in our country”.
ACA joint secretary Ch. Arun Kumar said that ACA had won five championships out of nine played last year. “The selection of Ricky Bhui and Sneha Deepthi to Indian teams reflects on the policies adopted by ACA”.
Mr. MSK Prasad said that best of coaches were roped in at all three academies. “Earlier, we used to go out to train. But in the future teams from other States and abroad will come to our academies to train,” he said amidst thunderous applause.
ACA administrators Mohan Das, Koka Ramesh, G.J.J. Raju, J. Narendranath, Satya Prasad, Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Uma Maheswar, Yella Rao and C. Ram Mohan and Bapuji and others took part.
Conspicuous with his absence was ACA secretary Gokaraju Ganga Raju who could not attend owing to death of his uncle Mr. Siris Raju, a former Congress leader and industrialist.
‘Nothing wrong with IPL’
There is nothing wrong with the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the law enforcing authorities will deal with those ‘unsavoury” incidents occurred during the sixth edition of the IPL, said former India International and mentor of Sunrisers franchisee.