Yash Dhul always knew that a smooth transition from age-group to first-class level could happen only when he was ready to take on the challenges and that was exactly what worked for him in his Ranji Trophy debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu . The Under-19 World Cup-winning captain, who has been a career middle-order batsman, was asked to open against a formidable home team like Tamil Nadu and came in flying colors with 113 runs, including less than 18. There were no boundaries. “In my cricket career, there have been a lot of coaches, but it is Rajesh Nagar sir who has guided me since childhood. Nagar sir told me that when Ranji Trophy comes, I can be asked to open, so I have to mentally Should be ready,” soft-spoken Dhul told PTI in an interview after his opening day adventures.
Delhi cricket is replete with instances where young players have lost track after showing promise early on. There is no alternative if someone is assigned an unfamiliar role. Instead of choosing the easy option of freezing the heels, the player needs to accept it.
“Whatever the team asks of you, you need to do it without any question. I am ready to bat in any position. I am just starting my career and now I have to make a mark with consistent performances. and for this I need possibilities.
Dhul, who played first-class cricket forever, said, “So when you are asked to play, you need to be ready to grab that opportunity. When I was told that I would open the innings, mentally I was ready.” on its launch day.
This was even more commendable as Dhul did not play any red-ball cricket this season after being named to the India Under-19 team prior to the Cooch Behar Trophy (national Under-19 days format).
“Cricket at this stage will be as much about the mindset as it is about the technique. It’s all about the mind and if I have the right attitude, things will be fine,” the youngster showed maturity over the years.
So what is the process of loosening up to prepare for a big match? The 19-year-old said, “I create my own imagination about how I am going to play a particular bowler.”
“Try to watch the video and close your eyes and try to be in the area where I can see the bowler running and I am deciding on a particular shot that I want to play. What will he bowl to me and What would be my reaction time, all these things I try and imagine,” he explained.
He played a lot of pull-shots and the best part was how he swung his wrist to make sure he didn’t play them in the air.
“Well, since childhood, when I started taking coaching lessons, I’ve been practicing all kinds of shots and that’s definitely one of them. You’ve trained for all these years for these times when the actual match In this case, you can execute them completely.
“I have always believed in my core skills and belief that I will not fail in execution when the situation arises,” he replied politely, but showed confidence at the same time.
But Dhul knows there are no free lunches at this stage and the more he plays, the more his batting will be tested and the better home attacks than Tamil Nadu, dissecting every thread of his technique.
“I’ll take one match at a time because I don’t have to look that much ahead. Whatever should happen, will happen whether I want to or not. My focus should be on controlling the controllable. If I can do that, things will be fine.” Will go.” His mistakes are bound to happen but how hard he works to rectify them and move in the right direction is his effort.
“It is also a fact that every player will have some weakness and obviously I need to work hard to correct any errors in my technique. You need to know how to manage your game and know your technique. Needs to be worked around,” he signed off.
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