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Bidar cricketer shines in KPL

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Vijay Chavan
Vijay Chavan

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Vijay Chavan has emerged confident after the experience

BIDAR: Despite Bidar not having a very good reputation in the field of cricket, 23-year-old Vijay Chavan, a resident of Adarsh Colony here, has made a mark in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) with his impressive batting. His skills earned him a berth in the Mangalore United cricket team which was one of the participants in the KPL. Vijay is excited as the KPL has provided him with a platform to showcase his abilities to a large section of people.

He told The Hindu on Tuesday that playing at the KPL would give cricketers, especially from rural areas, an opportunity to impress the selectors. “Moreover, players stand to get huge recognition as the games are telecast live,” he added.

Speaking about his experience at the league, Vijay said: “It was a confidence-booster for me and I have realised the potential I possess”.

In the first edition of KPL, Vijay played six matches and was consistent in his game. In various innings, he came up with scores such as 27 runs of 14 balls, 21 of 16 balls, 15 not out in 14 balls and 30 runs in 14 balls.

Vijay started playing cricket a decade ago and made his debut in an Under-14 tournament. Since then, he has not looked back and has improved with the every game he has played.

Although Vijay is known for his batting abilities, he can bowl too. Indian cricket player Robin Uthappa was his team-mate in both the Under-17 and the Under-19 State teams.

He attributed his success to the guidance offered by K. Sanath Kumar, who is currently coaching players in the State for the Ranji Trophy.

Vijay has represented Karnataka in several prestigious cricket tournaments such as the Vijay Hazare Trophy, South Zone matches at Jharkhand, the Vijay Merchant Trophy, the Ghulam Ahmed Trophy and the Cooch Behar Trophy.

He said he now hoped to be part of the Ranji Trophy team and from thereon make it to the big league.

His mother Pramila Gopalrao Chavan and his elder brother Jayaprakash expressed satisfaction with Vijay’s achievements. Ms. Chavan said she was thrilled to watch him bat live on television.

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