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ENLIGHTENMENT: The former Indian cricket captain, Chandu Borde, interacting with students in Tiruchi on Tuesday. Photo: M. Moorthy.
ENLIGHTENMENT: The former Indian cricket captain, Chandu Borde, interacting with students in Tiruchi on Tuesday. Photo: M. Moorthy.

Staff Reporter

Students' queries on cricket answered

TIRUCHI: Cricket has always been a favourite topic of discussion among students. It is doubly so, with the World Cup round the corner.

But to interact with a person who has played the game at the highest level is indeed a pleasant experience. And students of RSK Higher Secondary School, Kailsapuram, got one such opportunity when they met the former Indian captain, Chandu Borde, who patiently answered all their queries on Tuesday.

"Selection is purely based on performance. If a cricketer plays well he is in the team otherwise not, it is as simple as that. Which State he belongs to doesn't matter at all," the former Chairman of selection committee said while answering a question posted by a student as to why not many from Tamil Nadu get an opportunity to play for India. Mr. Borde, who represented the country in 55 test matches, was all praise for Dinesh Kaarthick and said that the youngster played a matured innings in the Cuttack ODI. "Dhoni and Kaarthick are two different kinds of players.

Though both are good wicket keepers, I think Mr. Dhoni keeps wickets because the team management would have felt that Mr. Kaarthick was a better fielder." Mr. Borde himself was very agile in the field during his playing days and added that it was important to have exceptional fielders in the side.

"A good fielder can save 20 to 30 runs for his team. And if he can score a useful 30 or 40 with the bat he is definitely an asset to the side," he felt.

Mr. Borde also had a quick chat with the members of the RSK school cricket team and gave some useful tips to them. The Principal, P. Varadarajan, was also present on the occasion.

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