Sachin Baby emerges stronger from controversy

Kerala captain Sachin Baby dismissed the signatory campaign against him as an unforunate incident and said it happened largely due to miscommunication.

Kerala cricket captain Sachin Baby, who faced a rebellion from his teammates, has now cleared the air with them and is ready for the new domestic season. (File Photo)   -  Ajith Kumar

After being in the eye of the storm of a controversy that rocked Kerala cricket, Sachin Baby has emerged a stronger person. He wants to forget the episode as a bad dream and is focussed on his cricket and captaincy.

Sachin dismissed the signatory campaign against him as an unforunate incident and said it happened largely due to miscommunication. He said he has now cleared the air with his team-mates. He said he was initially shocked when he heard about the controversy but knew it was not not true. When the controversy broke out, Sachin kept himself busy with the rescue operations as floods ravaged his home district of Idukki last month.

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"It was painful but I knew I didn't do anything wrong. I am thankful to KCA who stood by me and to my coaches. The whole episode has made me mentally stronger," he said.

In two days time, Sachin will be leading Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in New Delhi. After reaching the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy last season, he is hopeful of his team making an impact in a tough group in the one-day tournament.

"We are drawn in a tough group but we have beaten some of the teams in our group in the past so we really fancy our chances against them. At this level all the teams are now more or less equal and there will be no easy matches for us. My motto is to go out and enjoy my game. The first match against Andhra is crucial and we will like to start with a win ," he said.

"We have a very talented side with the right mix of experience and youth. We had a camp of 15 days in Thiruvannanthapuram. It was useful as we bonded well and buried our differences. The team spirit is pretty high and boys are raring to go out there and perform," he said.