CHENNAI: Former India cricketer and bowling coach of Tamil Nadu, L Balaji is of the opinion that T20 is not everybody’s cup of tea. He believes that utility, suitability is important and not reputation.
“Everyone wants to play T20 because it’s popular. But the youngsters need to realise that slots are important in T20 and you have to suit them. It’s not just about ability, but the team’s requirement. A team may require an opening batsman and if you are a middle-order batsman who has no experience of opening, then despite experience you are out of contention. T20 is all about specific skills and it can be harsh at times,” said L Balaji.
He also said that Tuti’s youngsters fit into the particular roles. JR Madanagopal, coach of Tuti, who has worked with players at the club level insists that clarity of mind has helped the youngsters hone their skills. “Washington Sundar is a good grafter at the league level, but in TNPL he starts attacking from the first ball. He then knows that his job as a bowler is to provide breakthroughs and not contain runs. So accordingly he provides us the breakthroughs.
As a coach the job becomes easier.” Chepauk Super Gillies coach Hemang Badani feels that real challenge lies in grooming youngsters. “For a coach it’s big task to tune these boys mind and make then understand the nuances of T20. Most of the boys have been receptive and have understood their role and that’s why we were able to be in the final for the second year in a row.” S Sharath, chairman of the Tamil Nadu senior selection committee, is pleased with the boys’ understanding.
“Last year Tamil Nadu won two limited overs titles and TNPL had played a big role. This year I am confident that we will do well in all the formats of the game at the first class level.” said Sharath, insisting that the confidence factor was the biggest plus of TNPL. Meanwhile, Chepauk Super Gillies beat Tuti Patriots by 6 wickets in the final. KH Gopinath hit a patient 50.
Brief scores: Tuti Patriots 143/8 in 20 ovs (Abhinav Mukund 41; Sai Kishore 2/25) vs Chepauk Super Gillies 145/4 in 19 ovs (KH Gopinath 50, Sathish R 23 no).