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Prasad promises Delhi a hard time

Prasad was not disturbed by the fact that the Kotla wicket has failed to produce a single result in the season, reports CS Luthra.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 01:51 IST

Karnataka coach Venkatesh Prasad has promised a good hard game of cricket when his team will take on hosts Delhi in their fourth Ranji Trophy game starting on Sunday. But the former India speedster has just one advice to his player --- to use their skills with intelligence.

"It's important for me to play hard but good cricket but with intelligence. That was the reason that we managed to beat defending Ranji champions Uttar Pradesh at their home in our last game," said Prasad on Friday.

Karnataka, with eight points from three games so far, have managed two outright victories against Haryana and UP and are currently sitting third in the Group A table behind Baroda (9) and Andhra (8).

"We've a good mixture of experienced and young players. Senior players like Yere Goud, Sunil Joshi, Robin Uthappa, B Akhil and C Raghu have been encouraging youngsters like B Chipli and KP Appanna to fit into the side. And that's very important for me as a coach to build a team for the future," the veteran of 33 Tests and 161 ODIs added.

Prasad was not particularly disturbed by the fact that Delhi's Kotla wicket has failed to produce a single result in the season so far. He, rather, advised his bowlers to show some extra patience on such kind of tracks. "I would ask my bowlers to put their money on patience. That's the key word on such batting tracks," he said.

He, however, refused to divulge Karnataka strategy for their next game. "We've not only discussed Delhi team extensively with the UP players but have also spoken to lot other people who have been following them. We definitely have some gameplan for our next match but that's not something I'm going to discuss," Prasad quipped.

However, Prasad warned Delhi batsmen to be wary of the left-arm spinner Appanna, who has impressed everyone in his debut season.

"Watch out for this 17-year-old kid. He has really matured well under veteran spinner Sunil Joshi."

At a time when left-arm spinners have fast becoming a rare commodity at all form of cricket, it would be interesting how Appanna, who will turn 18 during the course of the match, would leave the mark on Delhi batsmen.

Email Shekhar C Luthra: shekhar.luthra@hindustantimes.com