Milind: 'Experience has helped me'

Seamer C. V. Milind, who bagged five wickets for Hyderabad in the ongoing Ranji Trophy quarterfinal in Raipur, attributed his success to experience "that is making a bit of a difference".

C. V. Milind (left)..."I used to keep short-term goals but they were creating pressure, so I gave it up."   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

He has been on the first-class circuit for four seasons. He has even been part of the Under-19 World Cup. But this season, C. V. Milind seems to have finally come of age.

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From being a promising left-arm spinner, Milind has emerged as a pivotal member of Hyderabad’s pace triumvirate, which has played an instrumental role in the team being catapulted into the Ranji Trophy knockouts.

Even at the big stage, in the Ranji quarterfinal against domestic giant and defending champion Mumbai, Milind showcased his artistry to bag a five-wicket haul – his second in as many matches – in Mumbai’s first innings. The two five-wicket hauls, which have swollen his tally for the season to 33 scalps, have come as an icing on the cake after he scored his maiden first-class century earlier in the season (against Services in Mumbai).

No short-term goals

“I have got a bit of experience now. The more you play, the better you know how to deal with situations. That is making a bit of a difference,” Milind said after the second day’s play at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Cricket Stadium. “I don’t have personal targets as such. Initially, I used to keep short-term goals but they were creating pressure, so I gave it up. Now my target is to win matches for the team.”

Milind’s evolution along with that of M. Ravi Kiran and Mohammed Siraj has coincided with Hyderabad’s decision to rope in former India cricketer S. Badrinath as captain, and former India bowling coach B. Arun as the coach. It didn’t come as a surprise that the pace troika shared all 10 of Mumbai’s first-innings wickets, thus catapulting its combined tally for the season to 103 wickets.

The shy bowler has no hesitation in acknowledging the captain and the coach.

“This season I have tried to be consistent. Previously I was not so disciplined, but I got a lot of support from coach Arun sir and captain Badrinath,” he said. “Arun has really shaped all the three seamers. He has focussed on the basics, bowling in the right areas only but he has imbibed the importance of bowling consistent lines and lengths. That has made a huge impact on all three of us.”