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Lalith Mohan back with a bang

V.V. Subrahmanyam
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He was ‘called' for suspect bowling action in 2009

Gritty return: Life has turned a full circle for Lalith Mohan after being removed from the bowling attack in a Ranji game against Orissa.
Gritty return: Life has turned a full circle for Lalith Mohan after being removed from the bowling attack in a Ranji game against Orissa.

In 2009, Lalith Mohan left the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium with his head bowed after being removed from the bowling attack when the umpires warned the captain for his suspect bowling action during the Ranji game against Orissa.

But, on Sunday, when this 21-year-old left-arm spinner led the Hyderabad Ranji team off the field with a creditable five-wicket haul, he has every reason to feel that life has turned a full circle. In a way, it was perhaps symbolic of the way he fought back from near hopelessness.

Making a point

It is never easy to be called for suspect action and then come back so strongly, feel his teammates.

But, Lalith stuck to his basics, kept on working hard under the guidance of former India left-armer Venkatapathi Raju and Kanwaljit Singh and really worked hard in getting back into the groove.

For someone who is so passionate about the game and had even quit the engineering course to continue playing cricket, it is redemption time.

Yet, it has never been an easy path. The fact that he faced healthy competition from his own teammate and debutant Mehdi Hasan (who was wicket-less against Jharkhand) was also a tribute to way he kept himself focussed on the task on hand. Hyderabad coach Sunil Joshi, himself a former India left-arm spinner, too played his part.

Lalith Mohan's five-wicket haul has helped Hyderabad begin the season against Jharkhand with a degree of respect after year's ignominy. People who matter in the Hyderabad team selection are banking high hopes on him in the season ahead.


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