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Sanjay eager to learn from Murali and spin duo
Come the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) spin-bowling all-rounder Sanjay Yadav will have elite company in T20 specialists Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi as well as the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan.
And, it is a no-brainer that Hosurbased Sanjay is eager to learn the tricks of the trade from the trio. “It will be great to watch spinners Rashid and Nabi closely, and share ideas with them. I can’t wait to interact with Muralitharan sir as well,” Sanjay, who has represented Tamil Nadu and Meghalaya in the domestic circuit, told DT Next from Dubai.
“While working under Muralitharan sir, I would like to learn about how to assess match situations and perform under pressure. I will also try to develop my batting, under the guidance of VVS Laxman sir,” he added. It should be remembered that stalwarts Muralitharan and Laxman are an integral part of the Sunrisers support staff. Sanjay, a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) squad in IPL 2017, is a new entrant at Trevor Baylisscoached SRH. However, the left-arm slow bowler will be surrounded by known faces Vijay Shankar and Thangarasu Natarajan. Hence, the 25-yearold is confident of adapting well to the new environment in the upcoming season.
“I have shared the dressing room with Vijay Shankar and Natarajan while representing Tamil Nadu in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. We have developed a good rapport and I am sure that I will have a great time with them,” explained Sanjay, who is positive about coming good in the spin-friendly tracks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
As Sunrisers was one of the last teams to reach the host nation, the left-handed batsman is still undergoing the mandatory one-week in-room quarantine.
Talking about his daily chores, Sanjay, staying at the Anantara Resort, said: “The trainer has given a schedule to all the players. So, I am working out every day. I am also connecting with my teammates via the Zoom application. Except for that, I am enjoying the view from my room. But, I am just waiting for the quarantine period to end.”