Spinners may have a "major role" to play in the Indian Premier League with the first leg of tournament staged in the UAE expected to have "typical sub-continent" wickets, according to cricketer-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar.
Former India captain Rahul Dravid today said that one of the benefits youngsters can reap by competing in the IPL is that it gives them the experience of playing in front of large crowd even before representing India, besides giving them opportunities to share the dressing room with legends.
Barely 20, Unmukt Chand has already done enough on the cricket field since he picked up the willow for the first time 14 years ago, and the promising young Turk`s diary today took the shape of a book that encapsulates India`s triumph at the 2012 Under-19 World Cup last year.
Vijay Manjrekar XI`s medium-pace and spin combination of Shreyas Patil and Karsh Kothari shared six wickets equally to help bowl out Dattu Phadkar XI for 140 and help their side take the first innings lead in the 28th Sportstar Trophy MCA U-19 Selection Trial tournament on Wednesday.
The calls for retirement might have grown louder after Sachin Tendulkar was bowled three times on the trot in the recent Test series against New Zealand, but former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is convinced the senior batsman would respond in a befitting manner.
With age not on his side, Sachin Tendulkar has become vulnerable to full length deliveries but he is "not finished" as yet and is still good enough to score runs at the highest level, feels former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar.
The presumption that the pitch at the PCA stadium would live upto its billing of being a batting paradise made M S Dhoni pick Ashish Nehra ahead of R Ashwin for the World Cup semi-final against Pakistan, says former India player Sanjay Manjrekar.