Hyderabad: Buoyed by the tremendous success when Hyderabad reached the semifinals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, coach Milap Mewada has exuded confidence in the Vijay Hazare one-day tournament, which starts from December 8.
Hyderabad are placed in Elite Group C and play their matches at Mohali. Haryana, Delhi, Saurashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand are in this group.
“The basics of the white-ball cricket remain the same in both T20 and 50 overs games. T20 cricket is more intense while one-day cricket is a shorter version of Test cricket,’’ he said.
The former Baroda Ranji Trophy cricketer was pretty impressed with Hyderabad’s performance. “The team executed the game plans very well in Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament was amazing. There was a lot of energy and positivity in the team. The T20 show is a confidence booster to the team. There is now a new self-belief and that could be a big factor for our Vijay Hazare one-day tournament. The core of the T20 team will be there for this tournament. We need to be focused and not be complacent. We have match-winners in the team. It is something that excites me.’’
The coach pointed out that the process is important and the result will be the by-product for the team. In the last tournament, we saw the players performing exceedingly and performed as a unit. “The competition will be tough and every match will be important as we cannot take any lightly in this white-ball format.’’
Milap said they need to have a different plan and be ready if they bat in the morning when the ball will seam around. “It is all about application and playing more deliveries. The batsmen have learnt from their mistakes in the T20 semifinal match against Tamil Nadu. It is all about when to hit and how to hit. Emphasis is stressed on the rotation of the strike.’’
According to Milap, captain Tanmay Agarwal is in red-hot form, who was the top scorer with 300 plus runs in the T20 tournament. “He has to bat long. He is breathing confidence and the strokes are coming off very well.’’
The coach felt young Tilak Varma and Buddhi Rahul are amazing talents. “They have the talent to score big. All they need is to translate the form into performances.’’
On team dependence on Tanmay and Tilak, Milap added that wicketkeeper- batsman Kolla Sumanth has returned to the team after a brief illness in the T20 cricket. “We have got back the experienced Akshath Reddy at the top. These players need to play a big role. Even Abhirath Reddy, who had a good run in the under-25 tournament, can add value to the team.’’
Left-arm seamer CV Milind is the leader of the bowling group,’’ said Milap. “He is bowling with a lot of confidence. To take five-wicket hauls twice and being a top wicket-taker with 18 wickets is a big achievement. He is enjoying the responsibility. So is Tanay Thyagarajan. His left-arm spin and his solid show with the willow late in the innings, has given the necessary boost in the batting. Medium pacers like Ravi Teja and Rakshann have been splendid with their variation and sensible bowling.’’
The coach said Ajay Dev Goud has to be patient. “He has the ability to perform the moment he has given a chance.’’