Chaturved full of praise for guest trio

Harsh Dubey (335 runs and 30 wickets), Rishi Dhawan (278 runs and 27 wickets) and K Venkata Sasikanth (15 wickets) contributed heavily for MRC A, which got the better of Vijay CC in the final here to bag its maiden Rajah of Palayampatti Shield.
Chaturved full of praise for guest trio
NS Chaturved

CHENNAI: MRC A opening batter NS Chaturved was full of praise for the team’s outstation stars, who played a pivotal role in the successful TNCA First Division 2021/22 campaign.

Harsh Dubey (335 runs and 30 wickets), Rishi Dhawan (278 runs and 27 wickets) and K Venkata Sasikanth (15 wickets) contributed heavily for MRC A, which got the better of Vijay CC in the final here to bag its maiden Rajah of Palayampatti Shield. “Dhawan is a thorough professional. Despite the heat [and the challenges it posed], he never wanted to give the ball away,” said Chaturved, who led MRC A when Ravichandran Ashwin was unavailable.

“I had captained the team in 10 matches. There were situations during which I asked if he (Dhawan) wanted to stop bowling. But, he used to say: ‘I will bowl and get a wicket. I will take a break later’. His batting experience helped the batter who was with him in the opposite end. He has a lot of positive vibes,” added Chaturved.

“Our other guest players – Dubey and Sasikanth – are really sweet off the field. When they step on the field, they give it their all. We (local players) learnt a lot from all three of them.” Chaturved also said that MRC A was rewarded for its grind in the last few years.

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“It feels amazing. Right from the first year [in the First Division], we knew it was going to be difficult. But, we never stopped putting in the effort. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the management helped us by organising camps. This season, the first four matches got over by September 2021. In the off-season, we started training after an eight or 10-day break. Our goal was to be the fittest team on the field in the second phase,” Chaturved explained.

On a personal note, Chaturved enjoyed a good season since he finished as the team’s second-highest scorer – behind B Anirudh Sitaram (627 runs) – with 522 runs in 14 innings. “If I can get the numbers, like I did this game, on a consistent basis, I will get the break. It is in my hands and I have to take it in my stride,” Chaturved, who struck a terrific 132 in the title decider, said about knocking on the doors of the Tamil Nadu selectors.

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