It may be Twenty20 league time but chief selector Sandeep Patil has asked young players to focus more on playing Test cricket.
“Please youngsters, if you want to play real cricket, it is Test. The T20 league is like fast food where you just pay, grab a bite and go home. But if you want to earn a name for yourself, for your team, for your country, for your parents, please give importance to longer version of the game which is true cricket,” Patil said. He was speaking at a trust that awards scholarships to young Mumbai cricketers.
Patil told the youngsters that when he was young, there were no awards and his parents asked him to concentrate on the games he played. “My father who used to play cricket and my mother, who was also a sportsperson, made sure I concentrated more on my game. There were no prizes. The first prize I received was Rs 300. I didn't know what to do with it.”
He praised Arman Jaffer, who cracked 473 to break the Harris Shield record this year. “Everybody wants to be Tendulkar, Dravid, Gavaskar, Kapil Dev. We have great examples but you know your body, you know where you can reach. So set a goal that is achievable and try and achieve it.”