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Cricket big guns in City

NEVER IN the past so many international cricketers were present in the City at one time as was the case today. Ajit Wadekar was in the City today to attend a function. Young players like Ratinder Singh Sodhi, Vijay Dahiya, Doda Ganesh and Gagandeep Singh arrived in the City to play match in the 31st Udai-Iftekhar All India Cricket Tournament being organised at Bab-e-Aali Stadium. Hindustan Times talked to some young players at the nets at the stadium.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 14:32 IST

NEVER IN the past so many international cricketers were present in the City at one time as was the case today. Ajit Wadekar was in the City today to attend a function. Young players like Ratinder Singh Sodhi, Vijay Dahiya, Doda Ganesh and Gagandeep Singh arrived in the City to play match in the 31st Udai-Iftekhar All India Cricket Tournament being organised at Bab-e-Aali Stadium. Hindustan Times talked to some young players at the nets at the stadium.

Vijay Dahiya did wicket-keeping for India in two Test Matches and 19 ODIs in 2000-01. He made his test debut against Zimbabwe on his home ground at the Feroz Shah Kotla. He still does not know why he was not called again. “I do not know why my name was dropped from the team,” Dahiya said.

Dahiya, who made his first-class debut against Punjab in Ludhiana in 1993-94 as an opening batsman and wicketkeeper, was also for some time the captain of Delhi team. This is his second visit to the City. Earlier, he visited the City to participate in the same tournament.

Expressing his unhappiness at the way Saurav Ganguly is being treated, he said most of players in the team owe their position to Ganguly. “You cannot expect a player like him to perform in the Ranji matches to get name in the national team. If you do not want him in the team, make it clear to him rather than confusing him by saying he may come back,” said Dahiya.

Appreciating Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former wicketkeeper said he has never seen such an outstanding wicketkeeper. “He is awesome. He has given a new meaning to the wicket-keeping,” said Dahiya.

Ratinder Singh Sodhi, who is selected in India-A team that will participate in a tournament in Abu Dhabi in May, talked about his preparations for the future.

He said it was his ambition to earn name in the national team as an all-rounder. “I am working hard. The selection in the team for the Abu Dhabi tournament has boosted my morale,” said the young player. He has represented the national team four years ago. On Saurav Ganguly, the promising cricketer maintained silence.

First Published: Apr 06, 2006 14:32 IST