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Laxman conducts first online session for Bengal batsmen

Bengal players had their first online class under VVS Laxman -- former India great and the team's batting consultant for the project Vision Programme

 

Former India player VVS Laxman on Tuesday conducted his first online session for batsmen of Ranji Trophy runners-up, Bengal, and to start with, he focussed only on the mental aspect. During his two separate 45-minute sessions with Abhishek Raman and Kazi Junaid Saifi, Laxman also had in attendance Bengal coach Arun Lal, cricket operations manager Joydeep Mukherjee, and state U-23 coach Sourasish Lahiri.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) had sent video footage of each player to Laxman, who decided to have individual sessions

Bengal opener Raman, who frittered away a bright start last season, was given lessons on how to deal with failures and ways to regain confidence. Laxman talked about how to control the mind in order to avoid playing loose shots, importance of batting in the the first one hour of play on bowling friendly pitches.

Rookie batsman Kazi, who made his debut and went on to play two matches, was told about how to ensure a seamless transition from age-group to senior cricket.

“It was a very useful and important session today. Laxman sir was sharing his experience with me, how it is normal to be nervous, to be doubtful but at the same time one need to keep faith in himself and his abilities.”, “What I learnt is that cricket is a learning process and you have to be consistent in your thought and preparation,” Kazi said.

A Still from the online session. (From left: Abhishek Raman, Joydeep Mukherjee, V.V.S. Laxman and Arun Lal in a split-screen conversation.)

The CAB will continue with its online classes with focus being on their top-order batsmen, their biggest letdown in an otherwise eventful season when they reached their first Ranji Trophy final in 13 years.But their dream to lift the title for the first time since 1989-90 remained unfulfilled with the team’s top-order batting failing to rise to the occasion against Saurashtra.

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CAB president Avishek Dalmiya said this exercise is the way forward at a time when the world is under lockdown owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Avishek earlier said that it is the board’s duty to support the Government in the time of Coronavirus