Captaincy-batting balance important, says Baba Indrajith

The Ruby Trichy Warriors captain believes ‘right mindset’ is key for success in a long tournament like the TNPL.

Tinu Yohannan (left) and Baba Indrajith at a press meet in Chennai on Friday.   -  Shayan Acharya

Baba Indrajith sounds confident as he speaks about maintaining a stability between captaincy and his batting. The young Tamil Nadu batsman, who leads Ruby Trichy Warriors in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), believes that it is important to find a balance in both the jobs to deliver the goods.

"I have learnt a lot from last season. It is important to maintain a balance between captaincy and batting. If that is there, there will be change in form," Indrajith says. With the second edition of the TNPL set to begin at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday in the presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Matthew Hayden, it is an opportunity for the young guns to prove their mettle, and Indrajith believes that for professional cricketers, it is important to have a proper mindset for a longer tournament like the TNPL. "We have to adapt to the conditions. One game can bring back the momentum. It is important to have the right mindset," he says, drawing reference to Tamil Nadu's outing in the Ranji Trophy last season. "We didn't have a great start against Mumbai, but then we bounced back. So, for every team, momentum is the key," he adds.

Known as a utility player in the longer format of the game, Indrajith, however, admits that it is difficult to change the technique. "It is difficult to do that (change technique). Look at Virat (Kohli), he is improving his game without changing technique. We can't be like Kieron Pollard or AB de Villiers," he says.

Besides the skipper, the coach Tinu Yohannan is also optimistic about the side's success. "We have a balanced side. There are lot of talents. They are gems, who need to be identified," he says, adding that as a coach, his job is to boost the motivational and emotional side of the players.

Taking lessons from last year, where it lost the plot mid-way, Warriors hopes to get the house in order. A fresh season is all about fresh start.

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