Mumbai Indians youngster Anukul Roy takes a lot out of his IPL experience
The young spinner was one of the impact players for Team India in the Under-19 World Cup.
Updated - May 26, 2018 6:31 pm
It is not easy to get an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract while making it to the playing XI is even more difficult. The youngsters have to work hard behind the scenes to impress the coaches and get the first few matches. However, even if the players do not get a chance to feature in the playing XI, sharing the dressing room with some of the best in the world can do a world of good to their careers.
The India U19 team exceeded expectations by winning the junior World Cup in New Zealand. Several players earned an IPL contract due to their impressive performances in the tournament and Anukul Roy was one of them. Roy was signed by the Mumbai Indians but the youngster did not get to play a game for the men in blue. However, he feels that despite not making his debut, he has taken a lot out of his IPL experience.
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The young spinner heaped praises on South African all-rounder JP Duminy and felt that he is one of the best role models for budding cricketers. “According to him (Duminy), a batsman must try for singles initially. Then, the doubles and fours and sixes will automatically follow. He also taught me so many things about fielding. He said a fielder must first pick the ball. No matter how fast the ball is travelling, you have to try and pick the ball. Once you do that, you can effect direct hits and also save runs on a consistent basis.” Roy was quoted as saying by cricket365.com.
Being involved in the practice sessions alongside top players in the world teaches the youngsters a lot. They get valuable insights which contributes a lot in helping them improve their game. Roy added that he acquired a lot from Krunal Pandya on how to vary the pace and study a batsman’s weakness.
“I feel good about my game. Now, I know how to approach a batsman in Twenty20 cricket. This will help me a lot as I try and establish myself as a cricketer,” he added.
The defending champions, Mumbai Indians failed to make it to the playoffs this time and suffered a narrow exit from the tournament.