‘Strong foundation is must to play in all three formats’

Sports Reporter
Saturday, 21 July 2018

Pune: The game of cricket has added so many facets to it after its inception, that today it has T20 along with ODI’s and Tests. New-age players’ fitness, which allows them to play all the three formats surprises former Indian cricketer Chandu Borde.  

“How cricket has transformed has been surprising. All the three formats require a different set of skills and players now-a-days are managing to do so,” said Borde who was speaking during the unveiling of his autobiography Panther’s Paces written by well-known journalist Mohan Sinha.

Pune: The game of cricket has added so many facets to it after its inception, that today it has T20 along with ODI’s and Tests. New-age players’ fitness, which allows them to play all the three formats surprises former Indian cricketer Chandu Borde.  

“How cricket has transformed has been surprising. All the three formats require a different set of skills and players now-a-days are managing to do so,” said Borde who was speaking during the unveiling of his autobiography Panther’s Paces written by well-known journalist Mohan Sinha.

The former player who has also served as a selector of the Indian team is also amazed by the way players approach in nervous nineties. “Few days before, I was watching Rohit Sharma he was batting on 94. He hit the six to complete a century so there is nothing left like nervous in the nineties. I was also amazed by watching Virender Sehwag the way he approached with his batting was very different than what batsman used to do in our times.”

“Firstly a team manager had a completely different role. He had to handle captain and team but now players who are playing so much cricket takes care of himself in such a way that the manager does not need to tell him each and everything,” explained Borde who was manager of Indian cricket team in 1989 during the tour of Pakistan and in 2007 during the tour of England.

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