Lahli: Mumbai’s Vishal Dabholkar, who picked up three wickets on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Group League match against Haryana here, said on Monday that his job was to control the game.
“The captain told me to control the game because I was the only spinner in the team. I wanted to bowl maidens in a seven-eight over spell.
“Obviously we have to go for an outright win. Victory in the first match can be a huge motivation for the season. It will all depend on the situation tomorrow (Tuesday),” he said.
Remembered for his match-winning final over in the inaugural T20 World Cup title clash in 2007, Haryana pacer Joginder Sharma said the phase after the “big car accident” he suffered exactly two years ago was the “toughest phase of his life”.
“Four and a half months of lying in bed was the toughest period of my life. It was the worst time. I don’t want to remember it. I had to work very hard on my comeback. I must thank Amit Tyagi, the physio, who helped me as I got back into the game,” he said.
One of the key players in Haryana’s scheme of things for several domestic seasons, Joginder led his team’s fight-back on Monday with a five-wicket haul.
Asked about the role played by former India opener Ajay Jadeja, who has made a comeback to domestic cricket, Joginder said: “Jadeja is having a good influence on the team.
“He thinks astutely. His field placements and constant inputs help keep the pressure on the batsman.
“The pitch here helps the bowlers since the weather is heavy and the ball swings a lot. But it is not all that bad for batting. Bowlers definitely get more help.”