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Coach rues lack of exposure

Guwahati, Jan. 2: Assam Ranji coach Subhrajit Saikia today admitted to the collective failure of the team in the season’s group C campaign and attributed it to a psychological factor as well as lack of exposure to green top wickets.

“We were well on track in the first three matches but things went out of control since we lost the match against Himachal Pradesh,” Saikia said.

“The main factors were the lack of exposure to different types of wickets, particularly green top ones, and the psychological aspect involved. Our boys are yet to learn to apply themselves to different types of conditions. However, with the new stadium at our disposal now, I hope we will be able to overcome this problem in the year ahead,” the Assam Cricket Academy head coach added.

He admitted that the team could not overcome the psychological setback suffered after the humiliating defeat against Himachal at Dharamshala.

“The wickets (at Barsapara Cricket Stadium) are new and we were not at all familiar with them,” he said.

On the team composition, even without a wicket-keeper in one of the matches, the coach said: “There were the selectors who gave us a set of 15 players and we were supposed to make do every possible combination within the limits. However, the injury to our opener Pallav Das and lack of form in some of our key players took its toll on the latter part of our campaign where we lost four matches in a row.”

On outstation professionals Dheeraj Jadhav and Niraj Patel, Saikia said: “Jadhav has proved his worth as an experienced player and our boys have to learn a lot from them. They know how to apply themselves as batsmen in all situations which our boys are yet to pick up.”

On the captaincy of Abu Nechim Ahmed, who led the side to the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament last year, the coach said: “The limited overs version and the four-day matches are totally different ball games. He is being groomed and has a lot to learn for the four-day version. I hope, he will do it better the next time.”

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