Dinesh Karthik hails teamwork as Tamil Nadu make it Perfect 9 with win over Gujarat

New Indian Express

New Indian Express

Author 2019-10-17 10:53:00

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NEW DELHI: Captain Dinesh Karthik is pleased as punch with the way his boys have performed in the Vijay Hazare Trophy so far. Tamil Nadu defeated Gujarat on Wednesday for their ninth consecutive win, which is a unique feat in the history of the tournament.

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In a battle of the table toppers in Jaipur, Tamil Nadu thumped Gujarat by 78 runs. Batting first, Karthik’s team made 289/9 thanks mainly to openers Abhinav Mukund (79) and Murali Vijay (94). Promoted to No 3, Washingt­on Sundar made 45. Tamil Na­­du gave the new ball to spinners Baba Aparajith and R Sai Kishore. After losing captain Parthiv Patel in the second over, Gujarat were never in the hunt and got bowled out in 44.2 overs. “Very ple­a­s­e­d with the performance. The boys were able to execute pl­ans, full marks to them,’’ said Karthik from Jaipur. This was the first time in recent years that they performed as a unit and got contributions from almost every member of the team, in batting and bowling. Seniors 
and juniors played their part perfectly.

“Seniors players, be it Abhinav, Aparajith or Vijay Sh­a­n­kar, performed well so that the youngsters could look up to them and deliver. Our bowlers were consistent and did a good job. Murugan Ashwin gave vital breakthroughs. It was a collective performance and we look forward to carrying the momentum into the next stage,” said Karthik.

Chief coach D Vasu attribu­t­ed the good show to judici­ous selection and teamwork. Aft­er taking charge, the first th­ing he wanted was bowlers in good shape. “We set a proc­e­ss, the boys followed it and expressed themselves brilli­a­n­tly. Full credit to them. We an­alysed our bowlers at the ca­mp and decided to rotate th­e­m to keep them fresh and injury-free. The pacers were rested at different stages. 

So th­ey stayed fresh and hu­ngry.”
For the bowlers to deliver, there had to be runs on the board. Tamil Nadu’s batting clicked beyond belief. “Some of the players who joined later — Murali Vijay after his county stint or Vijay Shankar after injury — delivered straightaway. Abhinav, Aparajith, DK were is splendid form. Shahrukh (Khan) and Hari Nishaanth used their opportunities. What helped us were the century partnerships in every game,’’ explained Vasu.

Tamil Nadu’s spinners were spot on, with Aparajith among the wickets and often bowling the full quota of 10 overs. “He was brilliant as a bowler for the first time. When we came to know that Washington was advised not to bowl as a precaution and play as a batsman, we needed someone and Aparajith did a splendid job. Sai was accurate as usual. Ashwin was handy. Myself and DK spoke to Ashwin. We told him he will play all the matches and asked him to just express himself,’’ revealed Vasu.

Brief scores: TN 274/9 in 50 ovs (Vijay 94, Abhinav 79, Washington 42; Kalaria 3/36, Nagwaswalla 3/56) bt Gujarat 196 in 42.2 ovs (Axar 55, Merai 44; Mohammed 3/30).

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