Calcutta: Slaying one team after another, Assam have just been unstoppable in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. As they reached the final, registering a comfortable five-wicket victory over Kerala in the semis on Saturday, captain Abu Nechim Ahmed remembered the hard work that they had put in, in the beginning of the season.
“Team work has done wonders for us… We played well in the Ranji Trophy as well, but our main problem was inconsistency… We were playing well in one match and were not being able to follow it up… We have rectified that bit and are harvesting the result of that. To sum up I would just say that the hard work we put in training is paying off… There is nothing like preparing well,” Abu Nechim told The Telegraph, on Saturday.
“By team work what I mean is that someone or the other has been stepping up to do the job on any given day… Today it was Gokul (Sharma), on other days it has been either Pallav Kumar Das or maybe a Dheeraj Jadhav. That has been the key,” he added.
But isn’t it a nice feeling to humble the so-called bigger teams? “Of course it is… See, being the underdogs is definitely an advantage… Though nowadays no one takes any team at any level lightly, I must say that the underdogs tag has helped us.”