Odisha Sun Times Sports Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 12:
Club cricket is the best form of cricket, asserted legendary cricketer and acting BCCI chief Sunil Gavaskar addressing budding cricketers of Odisha at a function here this morning.
“Club cricket is the best form of cricket because it teaches you to be friends with your rivals even as you compete hard with them on the ground,” Gavaskar said at a felicitation ceremony organised for him by Pragati Sporting, the premier cricket club in Odisha.
“Your performance in club cricket gets you the attention of the Ranji Trophy selectors, From Ranji, you go on to play Duleep Trophy and then international cricket,” he said.
IPL Chairman Ranjib Biswal presided over the function at which Gavaskar was presented a citation and a silver filigree work by Pragati Sporting.
Giving a pep talk to the budding cricketers of the state, the man universally accepted as the best Indian opener ever, said; “You must aim to achieve what your predecessors have failed to achieve. In your case, it would mean you should try your best to win the Ranji Trophy for the Odisha team, something that has not been achieved yet. Similarly, if you go on to play international cricket, your aim should be to beat top teams like England and Australia 4-0 or 5-0 on their home turf.”
The ace cricketer, who was known for his elaborate preparation and attention to details in his playing days, advised young cricketers to make sure they wear the right shoes. “If your shoes are not right, it would affect every aspect of your cricket – batting, bowling and fielding,” he said.
The former Indian captain urged parents to encourage their children and not stifle them because “cricket teaches some of the finest values in life.”
Gavaskar, who was appointed interim BCCI president for the duration of the IPL this season by the Supreme Court, attributed the success of the current edition to team work and commended IPL Chairman Ranjib Biswal for the excellent job that he had done.
DGP Prakash Mishra, the chief guest on the occasion, said he wished Gavaskar was appointed full time head of BCCI. Sports and Youth Affairs secretary Saswat Mishra, Twin City Commissioner Dr RP Sharma and legendary coach Kishor Mania were also present on the occasion.