Confident U.P. takes on Baroda

Vijay Lokapally

LUCKNOW: It should provide an insight into the tactics of four coaches, each different from the other,when the teams line up for the semifinals of the all-India inter-State one-day cricket tournament here on Sunday.

A confident Uttar Pradesh is pitted against Baroda, while Bengal meets Railways.

Bengal and Baroda have coaches with a scientific background to the way they approach the challenge. Paras Mhambrey, who is in charge of Bengal, and Balwinder Sandhu, who is guiding Baroda, are employing modern techniques with equipment to back their ideas.

On the other hand, Rajinder Singh Hans prepares Uttar Pradesh and Vinod Sharma whips Railways into performing without modern day aids like the laptop and video recordings. There is mutual respect for each other and that will make the matches interesting.

The cricket mind, as Bishan Singh Bedi advocates strongly, does not need any guidance from electronic equipment to make decisions on the field. The innate character of a cricketer is best tested when faced with difficult situations during the contest on the field, and not necessarily in the dressing room.

Good tracks and weather now beckon the players to justify the faith their coaches have in them.