I want to become a genuine all-rounder: Baba Aparajith
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Having played a pivotal role with the ball in India U-23's Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup triumph, young Baba Aparajith is taking the discipline seriously, and wants to become a genuine all-rounder. Insisting that he always took bowling seriously, Baba wants to shed the tag of 'a batsman who can bowl a bit'.
"I always wanted to be a good all-rounder, but my primary was batting, something people know me for. But, in this tournament things turned out well for me with the ball. I bowled a lot in the last three games. Was able to contain runs and pick wickets in the process," says Baba, who took 7 wickets in the tournament, three out of which came in the final against Pakistan.
The tournament was not a high-scoring affair as the teams found going tough on 'slow' and 'low' pitches. Bowlers, spinners in particular, enjoyed a lot of success and turned the game around for their respective sides. The highest total in the tournament was only 268, scored by India U-23 against Nepal U-23 in the group stage.
"There were two grounds. Pitches on both the grounds were very slow and low. If you spin the ball well, you would get good purchase from the track. There was not much bounce, but a lot of spin.
"I just maintained my own. Normally I don't get much turn, but was trying to get a lot of spin in this tournament. Spinners played a key role there (Singapore) since the pitches were of assisting nature, and it was hard to hit. Also, it was a different ball used in this tournament, little softer than the Kookaburra ball," informs Baba, who bowled at a tight economy rate of 3.00 in the eight-nation tournament.
He might have ended the tournament with 7 wickets against his name, but his batting didn't make an impressive reading. With only 21 runs in four innings, the right-hander is quick to defend the dismal reading.