CSG’s Jawahar keen to make TNPL count

The inaugural Tamil Nadu Premier League is touted as the next big opportunity for youngsters in the state to hog the limelight. While cricketing greats have lent their support to the league, youngsters are keen on making hay while the sun shines.
CSG’s Jawahar keen to make TNPL count
Shibi Jawahar

Chennai

Chepauk Super Gillies opening batsman Shibi Jawahar has been on a huge learning curve in the past week and said he cannot wait to show his true mettle once the league commences on Wednesday. “My duty is to work hard. I have been given a clear understanding on my role and responsibility in the team. My aim is to perform well in the league, in the opportunities presented to me, and later get a contract in the IPL” Jawahar added. 
The 19-year-old said the camaraderie in the team is top notch. “Our team’s practice sessions have made us understand each other very well. The seniors in the team are perfect role models for youngsters like us. Every interaction with the coach, captain and team-mates are fruitful in some way or the other,” the Tiruchyborn player added.
Jawahar credited team coach Hemang Badani for the technical inputs that he had received. “We had a talk about how I go about batting. Earlier, I used to try and hit every ball. My timing used to go for a toss. I have now understood the importance and the technique to even take singles off good deliveries,” he added. 
The Tiruchy player moved to Chennai as a 10-year old and said it was a masterstroke. “That was when I got exposed to the school level leagues and started establishing myself as an all-rounder. After playing in many leagues, I got a break with the Tamil Nadu U-16 team too,” Jawahar added.
It was Jawahar’s father, an automobile businessman, who encouraged his son to take up the sport and even got an indoor nets facility built near his house. “The facility is small and has one turf wicket, one cement and a mat wicket with nets. I also have a personal coach who oversees my training sessions,” Jawahar added. With the call of instant fame, courtesy live telecast, Jawahar hopes to put the right foot forward. “Good performances give us recognition that will go a long way in shaping our careers and of course, taking Chepauk Super Gillies to great heights. I want to do well in the league,” he signed off. 

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