TAMIL NADU

Cricket is all about confidence and self-belief, says Srikkanth

Elite gathering: Transport Minister K.N. Nehru unveiling the portrait of P. Ratnavel Thevar in Tiruchi on Saturday. (From left) Collector T. Soundiah, TDCA secretary K.G. Muralidharan, former India captain and Chairman of Selection Committee K. Srikkanth and Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary N. Srinivasan.

Elite gathering: Transport Minister K.N. Nehru unveiling the portrait of P. Ratnavel Thevar in Tiruchi on Saturday. (From left) Collector T. Soundiah, TDCA secretary K.G. Muralidharan, former India captain and Chairman of Selection Committee K. Srikkanth and Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary N. Srinivasan.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: M. Moorthy

Staff Reporter

Steps will be taken to allot land for a mini cricket stadium: Nehru

TIRUCHI: Aspiring cricketers bubbled with enthusiasm. Eyes awaited the arrival of the man, who stole the hearts of many with his aggressive style of batting. The overall mood at the Vasantham Hall of Hotel Sangam was vibrant.

And when Kris Srikkanth entered the hall, along with other dignitaries, the venue reverberated to thunderous applause. He was the guest of honour for the valediction of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Tiruchi District Cricket Association (TDCA) here on Saturday.

The former Indian captain had exhibited tremendous self-belief in his playing days to send the bowlers on a leather hunt. And the dasher advocated the same to the budding cricketers. “Cricket is all about confidence and self-belief. These qualities will definitely take you places,” said Srikanth, who top scored for India in the final of the 1983 World Cup.

The chairman of selection committee commended the efforts made by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) led by N. Srinivasan to encourage talents in the districts. “I hope that players from the districts would represent the country in future,” added Srikanth, who played 43 Tests and 146 ODIs for India.

Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) N. Srinivasan observed that in the past year close to 50 players from the districts represented the State in different age categories at tournaments conducted at various levels. “It is a significant development, but we expect the number to grow in the coming years,” said Mr. Srinivasan, who is also the TNCA president. He urged the aspirants to equip themselves with the mental strength to meet the demands of international cricket.

Earlier, Transport Minister K.N. Nehru unveiled the portrait of P. Ratnavel Thevar and paid rich tributes. He recalled the services rendered by Mr. Ratnavel Thevar for the promotion of cricket in the district. Mr. Nehru also assured that necessary steps would be taken to allot 20 acres for setting up a mini cricket stadium with an academy in Tiruchi.

TDCA secretary K.G. Muralidharan dwelled on the activities conducted as part of the celebrations. The winners of the tournaments were felicitated. Former Tiruchi cricketers were also honoured on the occasion. Collector T. Soundiah, TNCA secretary K.S. Viswanathan and TDCA president M. Kalidas spoke.

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