We are like cornered cats now, says Hyderabad coach

After rain and wet outfield abandons another home match of Hyderabad, coach J. Arun Kumar admits that the pressure is mounting on the team in the Ranji Trophy.

"It is very sad that the two important matches were washed out. We were just hoping for some action. But, again, nobody can stop the rains and we can’t fight nature,” a disappointed Hyderabad coach J. Arun Kumar told Sportstar.   -  V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

The four-day Ranji Trophy Group A match between Hyderabad and Uttar Pradesh at Gymkhana Ground was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Tuesday.

If there was some hope of action on the final day on Tuesday with bright sunshine and no traces of rain in the last two days, it was dashed because of large, slushy patches. They haven’t dried up completely beyond the 30-yard circle.

After two inspections, the umpires have decided to call off play just after the scheduled lunch break.

This meant, Hyderabad will have two points from two home games before going to Shimoga for the next match against Karnataka from October 24.

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“Yes, it is very sad that the two important matches were washed out. We were just hoping for some action. But, again, nobody can stop the rains and we can’t fight nature,” a disappointed Hyderabad coach J. Arun Kumar told Sportstar.

“We are like cornered cats now. It is imperative for us two win outright at least three out of the remaining four games to qualify for the knock-out phase. It is a huge task ahead but I must say the boys are geared up for any challenges as we have been training really hard,” the 42-year-old Arun said.

“Definitely, two wash-out games from which we could have picked full points also mean we have to re-think the whole strategy for the next few games,” he said.

“We do need some cricketing luck as I said before the start of the season. Now, not much to keep thinking about but to go all out in the coming games,” the Hyderabad coach said.

Arun was also pleased with the return of left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who was permitted to play for his ‘home state’ by the Cricket Association of Bengal.

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