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Process we set is paying dividends: More

Kiran More says that the chances given to players like Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Kaarthick during his term are bearing dividends now.
None | By Press Trust of India, Vadodara
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2007 06:55 PM IST

Former chief cricket selector Kiran More on Saturday said that the process put in place during his tenure was bearing dividends now, as evident in the emergence of players like Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Kaarthick.

"What you are seeing now is the process that we had started. We gave the chance at Indore (against England) to Uthappa and Kaarthick and they are showing their worth now," said the former India stumper here at the IPCL ground.

"What we are seeing now are players who can bat at a lot of positions and contribute in different ways to the team's success.

"That's the process that we set forth out to do but unfortunately they got criticized in the media as excessive experimentation. Now other teams are following it."

More, who's also the secretary of the Baroda Cricket Association, praised the batting of Uthappa, saying he resembled batting great Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in some of the strokes that he played in his blazing knock of 70 off 41 balls in the third one-dayer at Chennai.

"He batted superbly and some of his shots reminded me of Sachin and Sehwag," said the ex-India player who also praised Kaarthick as a utility cricketer who could be in the playing eleven along with first-choice wicketkeeper Dhoni.

More and VB Chandrasekhar were the two selection panel members who finished their term last season and were replaced by Dilip Vengsarkar and Venkapathy Raju respectively for the current season.

More also said that the time off from international cricket for Sourav Ganguly and Zaheer Khan had done them a world of good, as shown on their return to the national squad now.

"Both Sourav and Zaheer seem to have got back the hunger. It's showing now," said the former India wicketkeeper who was vilified by critics along with coach Greg Chappell for the ouster of Ganguly.

The former captain regained his one-day spot after 15 months recently and performed with a bang in his comeback innings of 98 at Nagpur in the ongoing series.

By the same token More feels that Sehwag would come back stronger after missing the entire series against the West Indies.

"I'm sure he will come back into the team and perform better," he said.

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