Friday, October 19, 2007

Cricket in the 'Burgh - part 2: Off-season blues

The opinions expressed in this post are solely that of the author who, on occasion, had an out-of-body experience and was able to watch himself play.

Every off-season for WVUCC is filled with apprehension. All the players in the team are students and when they graduate and move on, the team composition changes. Members of the WVUCC committee never know if they will have enough new recruits to start the next season! Old-timers like Sohail Chaudhry, Ashok Varadarajan, Amol Bhavsar, and C.S. Manish, among others, experience this tension every year.

The 2006 edition was one of the strongest bowling WVUCC sides ever assembled (Karthik Venkatasubramianiam and Hari Menon formed the most awesome opening pair) and replacing them was the key to a successful 2007 season. The secondary concern was strengthening the batting order but, with a year or two under their belts, Arvind Thiruvengadam, Abishek Muralidharan, and Ashok were ready to step up to the plate.

A preliminary team meeting was held early in 2007 and with great anticipation St Francis Field was booked. By tapping on the shoulders of former players WVUCC was able to marshall enough money for much-needed equipment purchase. By the end of the season, WVUCC had a very comprehensive kit and eased the perpetual worries of the players.

On the first day of practice, no less than 22 players showed up!

and the 2007 season was well on its way!

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