Vizag boy in Indian u-19 team for Down Under

J.R. Shridharan
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Ricky Bhui is a captain’s delight, says MSK

Ricky Bhui
Ricky Bhui

Amidst inaugurations of residential cricket academies at Kadapa and Vizianagaram, the news of Ricky Bhui’s selection to the Indian under-19 team for the triangular series in Australia came as a pleasant surprise to Andhra Cricket Association.

The 17-year-old Bengali boy settled in Visakhapatnam is a product of ACA’s academy culture and he honed his skills in two under-16 State camps held at Mangalagiri under the tutelage of National Cricket Academy level-III coach Ch. Krishna Rao.

“He is the future of Andhra cricket. He is a captain’s delight for he keeps his team’s interest in front. The boys in the residential academies should emulate him as he proved that with hardwork one can get into the Indian team,” said ACA Director (Cricket operations) M.S.K. Prasad.

For the coaches, Ricky’s extra flab was always a concern, but the determined lad with rigorous fitness and diet control has reduced his weight 10 to 12 kgs to prepare for bigger events. “Ricky adjusts to situations swiftly. As a middle order batsman, he not only knows how to stay in the middle longer, but never hesitates to accelerate with his flurry of strokes,” said Nirmal, an ACA coach.

“In an all-India knockout match at Nagpur, Ricky scored just 79 runs after spending the entire day in the middle and scored 170-odd runs before lunch the next day. He changes gears deftly”, said Mr. Prasad.

Ricky won the accolades of many when he scored three big hundreds - 170 against Goa, 251 against Himachal Pradesh and 179 against Maharashtra in the u-16 matches in 2012. “He is a smart cricketer and has a long way to go,” felt Mr. Krishna Rao.

Association president D.V. Subba Rao and secretary Gokaraju Ganga Raju congratulated Ricky for his achievement and felt that by launching academies at Kadapa, Vizianagaram, and Mangalagiri, the ACA was on the right track. India, Australia and New Zealand will take part in the triangular one-day series at Darwin from June 30 to July 12.



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