Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Scoring wasn’t easy on the track, says Baba Aparajith

Baba Aparajith, who scored an unbeaten 81 on Day One of the Ranji Trophy contest against Bengal, admitted a few deliveries kept low on the pitch and that “you had to concentrate for long periods.”

File Photo: Baba Aparajith laid anchor for Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.   -  B. Jothi Ramalingam

Baba Aparajith felt the first day pitch here posed several challenges. “You had to concentrate for long periods, wait for the right ball to score, and scoring wasn’t easy.”

Aparajith said a few deliveries did keep low. “It is actually a good sign for us. Bengal will be batting last on this track.”

‘Allrounder for all formats’

He fancied bowling his off-spinners on this pitch and said, “In my mind I consider myself an allrounder for all formats.”

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Aparajith added there was a rough developing that could assist the left-arm spinners, too.

‘Slow track’

Bengal paceman Ishan Porel, who scalped three, said this was not the kind of pitch he was accustomed to on Day One. In fact, off-spinner Aamir Gani shared the new ball with seamer Ashoke Dinda.

Porel said, “It was a slow track so I had to push my pace a little more. The idea was to bowl tight and not concede easy runs. I found some reverse swing, too. We have to get the remaining three wickets quickly [on Thursday].”