Keeping, vice-captaincy not a burden : Anirudha Srikkanth
By Ashok Venugopal | Express News Service | Published: 04th August 2017 01:58 AM |
CHENNAI: Rahul Dravid, the India A coach, once said that adaptation and utility is key for success in T20 cricket. Dravid himself donned the wicketkeeping gloves in ODIs to enable the team have advantage of playing an extra bowler or batsman as per the need of the situation. Ever since, several players have played as part time wicketkeepers at various levels and leagues.
In the Tamil Nadu Premier League, Anirudha Srikkanth is playing as a part-time wicketkeeper batsman for Karaikudi Kaalai and he is enjoying the role. “I do not see wicketkeeping as a burden. As a vice-captain it gives me a good view and foresight of the proceedings and I can give inputs to the captain,” said Anirudha whose team will face Chepauk Super Gillies at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Friday.
Madurai Super Giant skipper KB Arun Karthik has also been a part-time wicketkeeper in TNPL, but Hemang Badani, coach of Chepauk Super Gillies, says it’s not a trend but more of a back-up. “In T20s, no one can be one-dimensional. Utility and slot is all that matters. A top-order batsman who plays the role as a keeper certainly lends flexibility to the team. In our team also we have Baskaran Rahul who can keep wickets. Tiruchy team too have Aditya Ganesh who can do that in case of emergency. I also believe in working with the reserve players and keeping them ready for the task,” said Badani.
On Wednesday, Anirudha Srikkanth with an injured leg, made an unbeaten 55 off 35 to help his team beat VB Thiruvallur Veerans by three wickets.
The 30-year old is hopeful of having a good season this year by being more consistent. He has already scored two half-centuries in his four matches. “Stroke making comes naturally for me. Last season, I did not score runs on a regular basis. This year I got some runs in three matches. I want to maintain this consistency and also use this opportunity to make a comeback into the state team. I have worked hard on my game and I’m keen to do well.’