Setting targets and focussing on man management skills were the only ways in which Jharkhand cricketers could uplift their sagging morals, believes Tarak Sinha, the academy director of Jharkhand State Cricket Association.
Sinha, who is determined to guide Jharkhand to a new era of success, said he firmly believed that the state boys had talent and could achieve success if they kept to their game plans.
"The Jharkhand boys have talent. They just lack merit to convert their talents into results," Sinha, who had guided Rajasthan to the Ranji Trophy championship in the 2009-2010 season, said.
He added that in order to do well, the Jharkhand cricketers had to come out of the shorter version and focus on the four-day game.
"I believe in setting targets, be it for the frontline batsmen or the tailenders. I have asked the opening batsmen to stitch together 50-run partnerships at least, while the tailenders are expected to hang around for 20 run stands. That is how an innings is built with everyone contributing," Sinha said.
The highly experienced coach also believed that importance should be given to every player.
"Giving importance to each team member is important as it helps boost their confidence levels. It pushes them to give their best for the team. Cricket after all is a team game in which all the players have to chip in for success," Sinha explained. He went on to add that he believed that the seniors in the Ranji team played an individual game that was casting a negative effect on the side.
"Man-management helps in extracting the best from players in the longer version of the game," he pointed out.
An example in point here, he said, was that of Jharkhand pace spearhead S.S. Rao, who had been sidelined due to a back injury and lack of form.
Rao for one is back with a bang and has been bending his back and bowling with confidence and in a rhythm.
"He is doing well because he is being respected by his team members. He is a senior player with a lot of experience a," a support staff of the Ranji team echoed Sinha.
Sources said Sinha's tips had already started bearing fruits with the Ranji side appearing more united ' minus ego clashes among its players that often led to poor showing on the field.
Under Sinha's eyes, the state tasted success in the Ranji opener versus Jammu and Kashmir, winning by an innings and 31-runs.
They, however, slipped in their next match against on a turning Keenan Stadium track but managed to regain their composure against Goa and score a draw. They have garnered 11 points from their four outings so far with three matches to be played and are placed second in Group C behind table toppers Assam (16 points).
As the director of Jharkhand State Cricket Association Academy, Sinha has also taken on the mentor's role helping out the U-16, U-19 and U-25 colts.
"Sinha sir has made us believe in ourselves. There is a lot of bonhomie in the dressing room. We are relaxed and enjoying our game," is how a Ranji player put it.