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BITS Pilani blaster Saket Reddy is ready for new challengers as his side seeks to lead from the front in BOSM'19.
With BOSM'19 just around the corner, the Men's cricket team is gearing up to take on challengers from all across the country participating in the event. The team is aware that they cannot take any of the participants lightly, as the competition is intense at the intercollegiate tournament. Cricket in BOSM is played in the T-20 format. Matches are played in the afternoon, and scores can go up to 150 in a good batting innings.
This year the team has seventeen players in its squad with the mix of new recruits and senior players in the Playing XI. The Cricket team looks well equipped to tackle their opponents this BOSM'19 after more than one and a half months of practice. The team practises every day from four to seven in the evening, and has practice matches on holidays. Since they do not have a professional coach, the responsibility of tutoring the recruits falls on the seniors. This helps the team bond and establish a good rapport with each other. The most exciting part about being in the team is that they are like a family and play together all around the calendar, in BOSM'19 as well as during other outstation tournaments. Like last time out, the team expects others to provide tough competition. So this time, the team has decided to field all the stronger players, in search for the elusive trophy.
In an interview with Fisto Sports, the team's captain Saket Reddy gave insights on team's preparations, strengths and accomplishments, memorable matches and their views on India’s away form in test cricket and more
Tell us about your team?
Our college team consists of passionate players who are ready to give their full determination and dedication to get the best out of them. Our team is no less than a professional cricket team. There are players who are match winners themselves on their day. Our college team is not just a team it is a culture which has been carried over the years.
What is your team greatest strength – bowling or batting?
Our greatest strength are our bowlers they have proven themselves most of the time in difficult match conditions. Apart from bowling fielding has been our most important strength, without having good fielder’s any bowler may look ordinary.
What are your team expectations this year? Is there any important tournament that you should win?
The expectation is to retain the BOSM title which is a major tournament we thrive for. It is a journey of feeling and emotions which we carry when we leave our college. The expectation can only become true when the players follow the process to achieve the success rather than thinking of the main goal, taking each match as important as final.
Does your team set specific goals for every match or are they always the same?
There are specific goals according to the pitch conditions, weather conditions and player’s availability and form. The goals are decided before the match and according to our strengths and opposition’s weakness.
What’s the best match that your team ever played?
There are many such matches. The best of current time would be BOSM’17 bronze medal match where our captain stood firm and won us the match for us in the last over.
What was the moment this year when your team felt like unbeatable?
The moment was when we won our quarterfinal match in BOSM’17 against IIT Delhi convincingly. There we thought that there is no turning back after this but unfortunately things always don’t go in your favour.
Toughest team & bowler/ batsman your team has faced so far?
The toughest team would be Kamla Club, Kanpur when they had their half squad consisted of Ranji players but still, we used to give a good fight and win 50% of times. Toughest bowler I have faced so far was a left-arm orthodox since I always have a problem facing them, I don’t remember his name exactly.
Before the match, what’s the atmosphere like in the dressing room?
The atmosphere is calm and composed. The players are fired up before the match and are waiting to express themselves on the field.
As cricket is more of a mind game, how does your team maintain your composure on the ground?
My team maintains the composure by backing each other that is very important when playing a team game like cricket. The players are always determined for a comeback if they are not able to do well at any point in time in the game.
Which college is your biggest rival team and do you have any memorable moment against them?
The biggest rival team is IIT-Delhi. We do have a memorable moment against them when we defeated them in the last two final in last over. The feeling was emotionless and the moment which will be always with me throughout my life.