Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Bhui, Akshath hope to break into the big league

After a good show in Ranji Trophy, Hyderabad captain Akshath Reddy and Andhra’s Ricky Bhui hope to make it to the national team.

Andhra’s Ricky Bhui has scored 766 runs in the Ranji Trophy so far.   -  V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Both Akshath Reddy and Ricky Bhui are struggling for recognition at the national level despite being the top performers in the Ranji Trophy.

So far, Hyderabad captain Akshath has amassed 797 runs, while Bhui has scored 766 runs.

While Akshath, led his team from the front and also hammered a double century against Tamil Nadu to be the most consistent batsman for his team, Bhui notched up four centuries already in this edition of the Ranji Trophy.

“Honestly, I am not thinking too far ahead right now. My focus is on the next big match and finish off the season with another big score,” says Bhui after his century against Hyderabad.

“Well, after a disappointing start in shorter format this season, I worked a lot on my batting, essentially cutting down on loose strokes and working on the mental aspect. That worked. I am a lot more patient and consistent too,” says the former India U-19 cricketer.

“Yes, I do hope to be in the reckoning and definitely to score consistently big hundreds to be there,” says 22-year-old Bhui, adding: “I don't think I needed to change my style of batting, it is all about staying focused.”

Hyderabad captain Akshath Reddy celebrates a century in the Ranji Trophy.   -  V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

 

For his part, 27-year-old Akshath says he has been doing consistently well for the last four seasons and hopes for a turn-around in the fortunes.

“I always loved responsibility and the challenge to give off my best under trying circumstances. I feel disappointed at missing out a century here," he says.

“Obviously, I cannot comment why I am not in the reckoning for more chances at the national level like playing for India A despite scoring runs. I am an optimist and hope to make it big one day," he says.

“I don’t think it is all over yet to be in the reckoning, I need to keep performing consistently and wait for the big day for sure,” says Akshath,

Interestingly, both Akshath and Bhui have some of their teammates get into the Indian team and have every reason to dream big backed by some consistent performances in domestic cricket.