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Sunday, December 04, 2022

‘This win has the power to improve the direction of MP Cricket’

Aditya Srivastava and co. They created history on Sunday when they defeated Mumbai by six wickets to help Madhya Pradesh win their maiden Ranji Trophy title. As the winning runs rolled in, ESPNcricinfo spoke to some of the state’s leading drivers of the sport on the feat.

It is getting a bit emotional because I missed it when I was the captain to win this trophy after 23 years at the same ground. Some people say that the father could not do this but the son did it. By Aditya Srivastava. I had the Madhya Pradesh trophy which I missed

I used to play for Madhya Pradesh in 94-96. I played for about six years. offer [to coach them] Came to me in March and I didn’t hesitate. Earlier I got some offers and then I thought of going back to Madhya Pradesh as I had left something 23 years back. Maybe God sent me back to the same place and we came back to play the final at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

I would definitely say that Aditya Srivastava has been an excellent captain with his plans and strategy. Whatever we discussed, I think he never hesitated to implement on the ground. The captain gives 50% victory to the team according to me and that is what I wanted from him. He has done a wonderful job and although he was not scoring runs, I always had faith in him. On the other hand, Rajat Patidar, Shubham Sharma, Kumar Karthikeya, many boys – young Akshat Raghuvanshi – have also turned out to be good for MP.

It’s been seven years since I played first-class cricket for Madhya Pradesh but my heart beats watching the final. The only thought running through my mind at the start of the day were the memories of 1998-99, where we took the lead and controlled the final before a bad season. I was overjoyed to see how calmly they approached him.

When I started for MP 17 years ago, it was a dream for me to play in Ranji finals. We had the talent but winning as a group was just a dream. Watching these men lift the trophy is a gift to the entire cricket fraternity in MP. It has the potential to open many avenues.

Coaches and Talent Scouts will now look for more talents from MP. We have already seen many names – Rajat Patidar, Venkatesh Iyer, Avesh Khan, Kumar Karthikeya. Many more may emerge. They have been trendsetters for all the young players. So many youths in MP are now encouraged to see these people performing on the big stage, and a stage like IPL only enhances your performance and provides a lift to the sector.

We always knew MP had a strong team, but it was always a question of being able to hold our nerves on the big stage. After this victory, this perception is bound to change. This win has the power to improve the direction of MP Cricket.

“Two years ago, I heard from Kiran More [former India wicketkeeper] That Chandrakant Pandit was looking for a team. I immediately told Sanjeev Rao (MPCA secretary and former MP player) that we should bring him on board immediately. When his name was in the news, there was a lot of protest in Madhya Pradesh especially in Indore. I thought the opposition was personal. But they somehow went ahead of him and brought him with them.

“Chandu’s only condition was that he needed a free hand when it came to matters of cricket, and if that were the case, he was ready to come. He knows which player to put under pressure. Want, which player needs to be spoken to with love. After his arrival, we have seen a huge change in the body language and attitude of the team, as he has instilled that kind of confidence in him. The proper role is clarity.

“The biggest change is how the teams are selected. Earlier in MP, selection used to be a big headache. Things used to be different. Since he is the coach, he sits in the selection meetings, and he is ready. They come through. He clearly says what he wants.” No deserving player has been missed in his time.

“Akshat Raghuvanshi, for example, was not even with the Under-19 team last year. He single-handedly brought him on board; look at the way he has reacted: three fifties and a century, a match-turning innings When he picks a young player, he supports him, gives him protection.

“What makes him different is that he takes responsibility for failure. If something fails, he takes responsibility and when some players do well, he gives them credit. Some people do that. If his strategy or decisions fail, he doesn’t play the blame game. He gives credit to those who perform well. Players now know that if Chandu picks you, you will get his full support. “

Devendra Bundela, former captain of MP and third highest run-scorer in Ranji history

“I followed every moment of the game. It is a wonderful feeling to see MP win the Ranji Trophy. I can definitely say that the best team was selected. His methodical approach was excellent. Many years of effort finally paid off. has given fruit.

“I was part of that 1998-99 final and the call tells you how heartbreaking it was. It’s still fresh in my mind, but it makes me so proud to see these guys take a step forward. The group has the potential to dominate for the next three-four years. It’s largely a young team. Somebody asked me if we hit the purple patch. I said, no, it’s a purple batch.”

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