Indian batsmen aren’t known to be good players, square of the wicket, growing up on turning tracks. But for opener Abhinav Mukund it is the front foot movement early on in his innings that is a worry.
Speaking to MAIL TODAY , Mukund said that although his feet starts moving after the initial overs, he is working hard to ensure that he is right forward and meets the ball right below his eyes from the very first ball.
“I feel I have a problem playing on the front foot in the first few overs when the ball is pitched up. I am much more comfortable playing square of the wicket and I want the same ease when I come on to the front foot. And that is one area that I am looking to work on. An opener should be at ease both of the front and the back foot,” he said.
Having had a penchant for big hundreds, Mukund hasn’t been that successful this season in the domestic circuit and he feels that is one reason why he hasn’t been able to break into the national side as the third opener.
“Foreign players actually find our first- class stats scary. And I don’t blame them considering the tons of runs that are scored in every Ranji Trophy game.
Even this season, we have had a couple of double centuries, a triple and numerous hundreds and come to think of it that we are just halfway into our season.
“So, scoring the odd hundred or fifty won’t help my cause. I need to be rock solid and score big hundreds if I need to catch the eyes of the selectors and make a comeback into the Indian team,” he said.
For someone who has done well in the recent ‘ A’ series to New Zealand, Mukund feels that the reason for India’s failure on foreign shores is the lack of exposure tours at the junior levels.
“We are used to playing on sub- continent wickets while growing up and we need to tour more in the junior level if we have to do successfully outside India.
“See, a South African won’t face problems playing in Australia because they are used to playing on fast wickets. Similarly we also need exposure against pacers on fast and bouncy wickets as youngsters,” he said.
The BCCI seems to be thinking on the same line as it was recently decided that the ‘ A’ team will tour more.
Although he is just 22-year-old, Mukund doesn’t want to think that age is on his side.
“I don’t think age is on my side. The competition is tough and many cricketers who are even younger than me have been doing terrifically well. So I don’t see any reason why I should be complacent,” he said.