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Practice match a learning curve for newbies
Arindam Basu
11th November 2017
The quaint setting of Salt Lake campus of Jadavpur University was sporadically disturbed by the droning noise of flights landing at the Dumdum airport nearby. At other times by the exuberance of the team fielding against the visiting Sri Lankan side.
But there was another kind of effervescence around the ground, that of the net bowlers and ball boys.
Meet Prayas Das and Prayas Das. One plays for East Bengal colts and the other East Kolkata District Sports Council. But both are excited about the job at hand. “We really wanted to come here and see the Sri Lankan players,” said the chirpier of the Prayas duo.
While having a chance of seeing Angelo Matthews, Dimuth Karunaratne and Rangana Herath was a huge incentive to see a game of this standard was a learning curve every aspiring cricketer looks for.
Athar Hussain a leggie from CCFC is bubbling with joy at the prospect of bowling to the international side. “I’m very excited. It will be a great learning experience for me,” he added.

“I bowled to Dhananjaya De Silva. They praised my effort. Also, the coaches gave me some vital tips to improve my bowling,” said Mihir Jain from Ballygunge United.
Nasar Jawed, a right arm fast medium, bowled to Dasun Shanka, while offie Hasimer from Victoria Sporting was asked to bowl in the rough.
“They emphasised on off spin. They asked me to pitch the ball on the particular areas. Sometimes, the Sri Lankans missed it. But they played well overall. I also got tips on how to bowl when sometimes steps out or goes on the defensive. “