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Malhotra’s unique idea

Calcutta: Bengal coach Ashok Malhotra said the players under the Vision 2020 project will soon play 20-over practice matches where they will be barred from hitting fours and sixes.

“That’s what we are thinking of doing. Young batsmen have this habit of going for big shots. And that’s something we don’t want them to. So this idea will not be bad.

“Moreover some of the players — particularly from the city — tend to be a bit lazy. So when you force them to take only ones, twos and threes, we will have an idea about their fitness also… Take for example someone like Vivek Singh. He loves to go for big shots. So when we curb him, it would be interesting to see how he reacts,” Malhotra said at the Jadavpur University Salt Lake Campus ground, on Friday.

Malhotra, however, is very upbeat about the future of these players. “The boys are very excited. These are early days… There are some minor flaws. We are rectifying those. Someone may have a problem with the grip, someone’s run up may not be smooth… Lot of things are happening. Personally I am very excited about working with this bunch,” he said.

The Bengal coach said Sourav Ganguly’s presence has given a new dimension.

“Not everyday youngsters get a chance to interact with someone of Sourav’s calibre. So here, they are doing that. That’s a big boost. What Sourav says would definitely have more weight than what an Ashok Malhotra would say.”