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Never play for turn on turning pitches, rotate strike: Gaekwad (IANS Interview)

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By Khurram Habib Ahmedabad, March 2 : Former India batsman Anshuman Gaekwad was considered a ‘wall’ during his playing days for his ability to bat with patience and determination, be at Sabina Park in Jamaica against a furious West Indies pace attack, or against Pakistan on a Jallandhar pitch where batting was difficult.
Gaekwad, also a former India coach and chief selector, spoke to IANS on the second and third India-England Tests, played in Chennai and Morera, in which batsmen struggled. It came as no surprise that a lack of patience — a quality that Gaekwad oozed at the crease — disappointed him.
Excerpts: How do you play on pitches like the one in Motera, Ahmedabad? Never play for turn on such wickets. On a good wicket, you can pick a line and put your bat there, the ball will come and hit your bat straight. But here, when you are not sure if the ball will come straight or turn, it is always good to play for a straight ball because even if it turns, then you will most likely get only beaten. But if you play for the turn, then you are leaving a big void between bat and pad. Also, you don’t push the bat towards the ball. Keep it close to the pad. Don’t take it away from your body. If you do, you will end up in trouble.
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