Cuttack: Odisha cricket crew on Thursday gained the toss and elected to bowl first within the quarter-final encounter of the on-going Ranji Trophy season in opposition to Bengal at DRIEMS floor in Cuttack. Expressing optimism on persevering with good efficiency within the knockout stage, Odisha coach Rashmi Ranjan Parida stated his crew are absolutely composed and assured to cross their first quarter last match in additional than three years.
“We had dreamt at the beginning of the season to not play in Group-C anymore and qualify for Group-A & B. The boys picked up momentum from the first three matches itself. It was going to be a long season, so I always knew there will be instances where the team would go down, which they did. But it was a great learning experience for them. When your lesser dreams are materialised you tend to dream big. That’s what happened with us too. After qualifying for the Quarter Finals, our eyes are on the finals,” stated Parida.
Talking on main focus space following a lacklustre efficiency by the batsmen throughout the season, Parida stated, “The pitches were made to assist the bowlers so it was natural for the batsmen to score runs. But thankfully, we overcame that hurdle and with some brisk contributions from the lower order, we have finally managed to come into Quarter Finals. As far as bowlers go, we will make sure that they perform in this match too.”
Requested if Odisha can carry the trophy house this 12 months, Parida refused to be judgemental and stated that he gained’t put pointless strain on the boys.
“We take one session at a time and make sure that we win the maximum of the sessions in order to win the match.”
On his ideas on opponent West Bengal Crew, the previous Ranji participant added that “Every team that qualifies for the Quarters is good, so we don’t want to waste our time in judging their game. As a team we will focus on our strengths and play accordingly.”
Each groups have been sweating arduous to acclimatise themselves with the situations earlier than the match. Being stated that, Odisha will certainly take the house benefit because the wicket on the DRIEMS goes to be a inexperienced prime with some help for the pacers.
Pavan Agarwal, a former Odisha Ranji participant stated, “This is a golden opportunity for Odisha. No Bengal player was consistent enough except for Manoj Tiwari. Odisha should take the home advantage.”