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Point blank, Arjun is on the right track

india Updated: Dec 15, 2007 19:09 IST
Anam Arsalan
Anam Arsalan
Hindustan Times
MP Arjun

"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

chicken too.

"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."