Arjun can swing the ball both ways, says coach Subroto Banerjee

It was about four years ago, when Sachin Tendulkar approached Subroto Banerjee to mentor his son. A former India fast bowler, who played a handful of international matches in the early 90s, Banerjee took up the offer. Soon after landing from Australia after a personal visit on Thursday, he got the news of his ward’s selection in the India U-19 team for next month’s tour of Sri Lanka.


A left-arm fast bowler, who has also been a handy and hard-hitting batsman lower down the order for the Mumbai junior teams, this is Arjun’s first opportunity to represent the country. With 18 wickets in five Cooch Behar Trophy matches, he was moderately successful in the junior circuit in the 2017-18 domestic season. He has been selected for the two four-day matches the team will play in Sri Lanka, and not for the limited-over games.


Talking to Express, Banerjee said Arjun used to be a batsman who was subsequently asked to concentrate on bowling. “With good built and height, he has the physical attributes of a fast bowler. That’s one reason he was asked to pursue bowling. Plus, he can swing the ball both ways. Of late, he has also learnt how to use reverse swing. All that makes him useful as a bowler and he did well last season. Batting is an added plus,” Banerjee told Express.


Banerjee informed that for the last a year or so, since he has also been working as Ranji Trophy champions Vidarbha’s bowling coach, Arjun is under the coaching of Atul Gaikwad, who has worked as a bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy. “In the last 12 months, I went to Mumbai a few times to see how Arjun is doing. What I saw made me believe we are on the right track,” added Benerjee, who has been a friend of Arjun’s father for a long time.


Courtesy : The New Indian Express


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