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Sachin Baby reveals secret behind successful season

M.R. Praveen Chandran

January 22, 2023 06:56 pm | Updated January 26, 2023 10:07 am IST

Piling it on: Sachin Baby has been in terrific form for Kerala, scoring 791 runs at 87.82, this season in the Ranji Trophy.

Piling it on: Sachin Baby has been in terrific form for Kerala, scoring 791 runs at 87.82, this season in the Ranji Trophy.

Sachin Baby

Sachin Baby

Thiruvananthapuram

Sachin Baby is in the form of his life and has become the crisis man for Kerala this season, often bailing out the side with obdurate knocks. The left-hander struck a purple patch, scoring 791 runs at an average of 87.82 runs which made him the second highest run scorer in the Ranji Trophy this season after Delhi’s Dhruv Shorey. The former captain also scored three centuries and three fifties and majority of his runs came when Kerala needed them the most.

As the senior-most player in the squad and in the absence of Sanju Samson, Sachin Baby took up the responsibility and played match-winning as well as match-saving innings for Kerala. Baby who crossed 4000 runs in Ranji Trophy this season, said he was reaping benefits of hard work which he did in the off-season.

Prolific season

“If you look at my scores I have been playing consistently well in the last couple of years. But I never had a prolific season like this before. I enjoy taking up the responsibility and I don’t feel any pressure. I have confidence in my game. During the off-season, I went to Bengaluru to train with R.X. Muralidhar for a few days. He said there was nothing wrong with my game and asked me to concentrate on the match preparations. I also did strength training with A.T. Rajamani Prabhu in Chennai. It helped me as I could play long innings without any fatigue. After I failed in the first match against Jharkhand, I was determined to do well and I put a price on my wicket and concentrated on my strengths and the runs flowed,’’ he said.

He considers his unbeaten 139 against Rajasthan at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium as the best knock he played this season. Walking into bat when Kerala lost three quick wickets – a scenario to which he later became quite familiar - Sachin Baby conquered the seaming conditions and blunted a very decent Rajasthan attack to score his first century of the season.

“The ball was swinging and Aniket Choudhary was bowling really well. It was challenging to face him. But I started middling the ball well and my confidence grew and I was able to forge a good stand with Sanju. In the second innings I played a match saving innings and I carried that form for rest of the season,’’ he said.

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