Abhishek Singh of Delhi and PK Dharma from Tamil Nadu were on Friday selected as the winners of Gatorade Pacers 2007, a fast bowling talent hunt in collaboration with MRF Pace Foundation.
The two budding pacers will get an opportunity to train under the legendary Australian pace bowler Dennis Lillee for two weeks at the MRF Pace Foundation Academy in Chennai.
The young talents were felicitated by former Indian fast bowler Javagal Srinath at a ceremony in New Delhi.
The initiative saw thousands of participants being judged by selectors during the zonals organised across four cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai - in the month of February 2007. The selectors associated with National Cricket Academy, Bangalore, MRF academy selected 20 fast bowlers from each city. A total of eight potential bowlers underwent a rigid training session under MRF chief coach TA Sekar and Reebok master trainer Nisha Verma.
Appreciating the commendable initiative and congratulating the winners, Srinath exclaimed, "As a bowler myself, it is very pleasing to see young talent come to the fore and I appreciate the efforts done by Gatarode and MRF Pace Foundation."
Srinath, impressed with the overall talent of the budding pacers, also selected a third winner Ravi Kant Sharma.
Ms Geetu Verma, Executive Director, Innovation and Business Development, PepsiCo India, told HindustanTimes.com "The efforts made by Gatorade and MRF Pace Foundation are like a perfect marriage." She expressed her desire to expand and take the talent hunt through more cities, "so the young boys can discover their talent".
Gatorade, a product of PepsiCo India, is the world's No 1 sports drink. The initiative reflects the company's efforts to help discover India's next fast bowling sensation.