Deshpande's no-balls a "big worry" for Mumbai coach Pandit

Tushar Deshpander, playing only his third Ranji Trophy game for Mumbai, was the pick of the bowlers on the first day against Madhya Pradesh.

Tushar Deshpande with Mumbai captain and wicketkeepr Aditya Tare.

Tushar Deshpande's (left) good line and length bowling was overshadowed by seven no-balls, two of which deprived him off a wicket.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

When a pace bowler oversteps in his delivery stride, it’s an agonising feeling for him to walk back all the way and bowl an additional ball. When he gets a wicket off a no-ball, but adds an extra run instead of a wicket, it turns out to be a miserable feeling. Welcome to the world of Tushar Deshpande.

The rookie bowler, playing only his third game for Mumbai, was the pick of the bowlers on the first day against Madhya Pradesh. However, his adorable discipline – both with line and length – was overshadowed by seven no-balls, two of which deprived him off a wicket and will be remembered more than his disciplined bowling.

Head coach Chandrakant Pandit minced no words in stating Deshpande’s no-balls is a “big worry” for the team.

“That is a big worry because this is the fifth wicket that he has been deprived of because of a no-ball. And in this kind of a game where there is hardly anything for the bowlers, it can cost us the game,” Pandit said, after Mumbai toiled to see MP crawling to 239 for two.

With the Ranji Trophy scheduled in a manner nowadays that gives very little opportunity for any player to work on his technical deficiencies, Pandit is heartened with the improvement in Deshpande’s customary overstepping problem.

“We have been working on this aspect. Not just now, but we have been working with him since the pre-season tournaments. He has become much, much better,” Pandit said.

“Omkar (bowling coach Omkar Salvi) has been working with him really hard since the KSCA tournament (in August) where he used to bowl 15-20 no-balls. It has now come down to four-five an innings, but still that does not solve our problem.”

After this round, Mumbai will get a ten-day break before it resumes its campaign post-Diwali. While some of his team-mates will take a break, Deshpande is likely to hit the nets again, trying to perfect his run-up and landing at the right place.

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