"All you need to do is keep your mind blank and bowl in the right
areas," that's MP Arjun's mantra for success and that's what he did
here. And the result was there for all to see.
The medium-pacer returned with figures of 2-40 and 7-56 in the two
innings. But he was particularly impressive in the second essay
claiming six Andhra scalps virtually on the trot which made a lot of
people wonder what the had for lunch on the day. "Oh! I kept it
light," he said. Interestingly, the term 'light' for him included
"I made my debut last year against Ranji Champions Mumbai where I
claimed four wickets. We got an outright win in that match," said the
light-eyed Hyderabadi with pride as he got back to the more relevant
topic – his career.
For the record, he too was the part of the under-22 team that won the
South Zone Championship in November, but unfortunately an injury had
forced him out of it mid-way. "I couldn't risk it. I had suffered a
back injury and needed rest."
But now he is super-fit and back in his rhythm. "After the rest I
followed a vigorous exercise regime. It included a lot of
back-strengthening exercises. I am fit and in good rhythm now."
"Ramesh has been doing a good job with all of us," he said of the team
trainer. "Still I keep in touch with my former trainer, Rajmani. He
was with me for a whole year and is aware what my body needs," added
the 21-year old bowler.
He was all praise for the bowling coach Kanwaljit Singh. "Kanwaljit
Sir has been very good to us. He keeps telling us to get the basics
right and stay fit and in rhythm. He has been working hard with all of
us and ensures that all those little mistakes which can make a huge
difference at times are ironed out."
So what kind of line does he like bowl?
"I prefer the off and like to hit the deck with the correct seam
position. It always helps as one can get good movement off it. This
wicket has been particularly good in that area."