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Rana gives credit to coach Arun

Calcutta: Rana Chowdhury, who with four for 13 was instrumental in packing off Andhra Pradesh for 121 at the Eden on Tuesday, gave credit to coach Bharat Arun for instilling confidence in him.

“I am an allrounder but I was concentrating only on my batting in the recent past. My bowling at the nets impressed the coach and he advised me to focus more on this aspect. He remains a big inspiration,” Rana said after the first day’s play.

“I’d like to dedicate this effort to my family (parents, wife and daughter). They were expecting me to do well,” he added. Rana started his career for Bihar and played in the national one-dayers before shifting base. Known as a pinch-hitter, the youngster made his debut for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy tie versus Baroda. He didn’t bowl in that match and was subsequently ignored for Bengal’s next three outings — against Punjab, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh.

He said the secret of his success at the Eden was a good line and length.

“On winning the toss, the captain (Laxmi Ratan Shukla) told me that my service may be required. When given the ball, even Manoj Tiwary advised me to maintain a steady line and length since the pitch was conducive to swing,” he said.

Andhra assistant coach Faaqer Ali insisted his team was not out of the game yet. “It will a second-innings battle now. The team negotiating the second innings challenge better will have the edge,” he said.

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