Wills Semis: Madhya Pradesh v Wills XI

Wills Semis: Madhya Pradesh v Wills XI

Post by The Cricket Information Serv » Mon, 06 Nov 1995 04:00:00

Date-stamped : 04 Nov95 - 10:31
Wills Trophy Semi Final
Madhya Pradesh v Wills XI
Gujarat Stadium, Motera, 3 November 1995

====> Prematch, 2 Nov 95
M.P. may find Wills XI too hot to handle - G. Viswanath

The Indian Cricket Control Board`s new directive that it  is  im-
perative  of  Test players to take part in the domestic champion-
ships, when the national team is not engaged in an  international
match,  has  had  a  tremendous effect on the limited overs Wills
Trophy tournament. The Board`s thinking  is unambiguous.  It   is
keen  to  vitalise the tournaments it conducts during the season,
which for many years in the past had lacked the vital presence of
Test   players  who  were  on overseas  tours.  It is through the
Board-run tournaments the cricketers` latent talent and potential
surface   at  different levels.  The  Board saw an opportunity to
clamp a rule this year and the consequence  has  been  a  roaring
start  to  the  Wills Trophy, which can be rightly said to be the
trail blazer of one-day cricket in India.

There is no gainsaying the fact that domestic  championships need
the unstinted support of the top players to make the matches com-
petitive and evoke public response. The  Saurashtra  Cricket  As-
sociation  (SCA)  did  not earn a penny from the gate receipts of
Wednesday`s match between Wills XI and Hyderabad at  Rajkot.  The
SCA  Secretary, Mr. Niranjan Shah decided to throw open the gates
free and sure enough the cricket enthusiasts of the town, most of
them  still  enjoying their Diwali vacation made their way to the
Race Course ground.

Great adverti***t

The  presence  of  Sachin Tendulkar and free entry made  possible
a   big   attendance.   Tendulkar   is   a great adverti***t to
cricket and he rarely disappoints the crowd. On Wednesday he  au-
thored a knock which endorsed a belief that he enjoyed playing at
all levels of the game. Gagan Khoda and Sanjay Manjrekar emulated
Tendulkar  by  carving out centuries, though not in the same vein
as their captain did. Their united effort (379 for three wickets)
erased all one-day records in the domestic championships. Hydera-
bad may have been embarrassed, but not belittled. When  Tendulkar
is   on  song,  bowlers  have to  suffer.  On  Wednesday  it  was
Hyderabad`s turn to endure the ordeal.

Tendulkar`s exceptional effort and the follow up thrusts  by Kho-
da   and   Manjrekar   made  certain of a one-sided result to the
match. On Friday Wills XI takes on Madhya Pradesh in the  semifi-
nal  at  the  Gujarat  Stadium at Motera. Madhya Pradesh defeated
Punjab in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at Baroda  to make   the
semifinal.  In Wednesday`s match Tendulkar had a good look at two
players, Khoda and left-arm spinner from Bihar, K.V.P. Rao. It is
unlikely  that  Tendulkar would make a change in the team on Fri-
day.

Madhya Pradesh feels comfortable  and  has   performed   in   the
domestic   championships   with   an   ``outsider``  as  captain.
After Sandip Patil, Madhya Pradesh has chosen an  experienced and
old  Bombay  hand,  Chandrakant Pandit as captain. The gratifying
aspect is the Madhya Pradesh players have  accepted ``outsiders``
like  Patil   and Pandit, who obviously have been able to instill
confidence in the team and inculcate   a  thinking  process among
the players.

Dashing batsmen

Madhya Pradesh has a few  dashing   batsmen   in   Kirti   Patel,
Prashant Dwivedi and Amay Khurasia who could revel in one-day si-
tuations. Pandit with all his experience  of  playing  in  Bombay
will   not  be  found  wanting  in making tactical moves.  He has
a fairly good bowling attack  at  his  command   which  includes,
leg-spinner  Narendra Hirwani, who will sure enough put his heart
into the game. After all he has worked so hard in the last  three
years to earn a recall from the national selectors.

Wills  XI  may have been  the runaway winner in the  quarterfinal
and  although  it is the fancied team in Friday`s semifinal, Ten-
dulkar appreciates Madhya Pradesh`s   presence  and   expects   a
contest.  Tendulkar  has the might, but does not carry it to give
an impression that he would bully the rival.

The teams:

Wills XI (from): Sachin Tendulkar  (captain),  Gagan  Khoda, San-
jay   Manjrekar,   Pravin  Amre, Rahul Dravid, Robin Singh, Samir
Dighe, Paras Mhambrey, Javagal Srinath, Sairaj  Bahutule,  K.V.P.
Rao, M. Venkatramana, A.W.  Zaidi and K.N.  Ananthapadmanabhan.

Madhya Pradesh (from): Chandrakant Pandit  (captain):  Kirti  Pa-
tel,   Devashish   Nilose,   A.  Khurasia,  Prashant  Dwivedi, M.
Sahani, Narendra Hirwani, Rajesh Chauhan, H.S. Sodhi, S.  Lahore,
J.P. Yadav, Zuber Khan, M. Majithia and Mohammed Saif.

Umpires: Messrs: Shekar Choudhary & Subroto Porel.

Source :: The Hindu