S. Anirudha: 'I know I still have a career ahead of me'

Anirudha's 260 runs in just five innings have come at a stunning average of 65.00 and a telling strike rate of 174.49 for IDream Karaikudi Kalai.

The opener has been dismantling attacks, firing the ball through the gaps and clearing the ropes.   -  R. Ragu

This is the second wind in S. Anirudha’s career. He is focussed, in control, and blasting his way to runs.

The intrepid opener has been blitzing in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) with typically powerful strokeplay.

His 260 runs in just five innings have come at a stunning average of 65.00 and a telling strike rate of 174.49 for IDream Karaikudi Kalai.

The opener has been dismantling attacks, firing the ball through the gaps and clearing the ropes. 

Having made his first class debut when just 16, Anirudha appears to have been around for a long time but is still only 31.

“Yes, I started very early. I know I still have a career ahead of me. Things are looking good this season,” Anirudha told Sportstar on Tuesday.

He has been concentrating on some aspects in his batting. “I have been trying to hit straight and also strike through the line as much as possible. A solid base from where you could launch your shot also helps.”

Anirudha has been roaring at the top of the order for Karaikudi Kalai. “I think my 93 not out against VB Kanchi Veerans set things up for me.”

Batting for him is a lot about enjoying the moment and letting his natural ability take over. “I like to hit over the bowler’s head, play the pull shot.”

And interactions with his father, former India captain and belligerent opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth, have been helpful. “He is such a positive person,” said Anirudha.

A naturally aggressive batsman with strokes on both sides of the wicket, Anirudha felt batting in Twenty20 cricket was a lot about getting the placement right.

And captaining Karaikudi Kalai has given Anirudha a sense of responsibility, not burdened him. “This is the first time I am leading the side. We have been winning, bonding well, and it is a nice feeling.”

Kalai has come up trumps in four of its five matches so far.

Anirudha has bigger goals this season but is approaching them with a relaxed mindset. Playing golf has had a calming influence on him.

“I need to look after my fitness. I am feeling fresh and confident,” he said. Simply put, Anirudha is back in the hunt.