Vidarbha players disappointed with T20 postponement
NAGPUR: Vidarbha had a disappointing One-day campaign but it had given hope to many local players to present their cases for the forthcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament.
However, Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) had to postpone the T20 tournament due to rains in the last two-three days. The local players expressed their disappointment over the postponement.
“It’s very difficult to get into the team now. The Ranji side is more or less settled. Due to rains, Bapuna Cup couldn’t be conducted and now T20 is postponed. It’s disheartening for us. We prepare for these tournament for long and when you don’t get the opportunity to showcase your talent, naturally it’s disappointing,” a young player, who doesn’t wish to be named, told TOI.
VCA had different reasons for postponing the tournament. “We have Bangladesh T20 match coming on November 9. The BCCI season has started, so some grounds are engaged in practice, while the board matches are scheduled in others. Rest of the grounds aren’t in good condition due to rains. It could lead to injury and with Guzder Two-Day coming up, we don’t want players from top clubs to be injured," said a source.
The likes of middle order batsmen Shalabh Shrivastava and Akshay Kolhar, allrounder Himanshu Joshi and medium pacer Swapnil Bandiwar are the top players who are looking to make a comeback.
“Shalabh and Akshay have been batting pretty well. These two are batting at a different level. Look at the amount of runs they have scored in the local circuit. Himanshu is looking like his old self. He is batting fluently and has always been a handy off spinner. I am very impressed with Swapnil. He looks in great rhythm. His speed has increased. Besides, he has also added some variations, which are proving handy,” a former Vidarbha player said.
Vidarbha doesn’t have many big hitters in their side. Except for Jitesh Sharma, Apoorv Wanhade, Akshay Karnewar and Rushabh Rathod, there aren’t many players who could hit from the outset. These player, however, differ. “There are quite a few in the local circuit who can be good T20 players. The likes of Vaibhav Chandekar, Abhishek Chourasiya, Mohit Kale, Tushar Gill, Gagan Chawla and Gyani Kaushik are some of the talented players, who have ability to strike from the first ball. They need to get a look in. You need to have horses for courses. T20 format has different challenges and demand. So, the selectors also need to look at it from broader perspective,” he said.
A VCA official said the selectors are doing their jobs to bring out the best available talent in the region. “The selectors are looking at almost every local match and they are seeing the talent themselves. They are also being provided data of players who are consistently performing well. I am sure, the deserving players will get a look in,” he said.