In his last 10 matches, Vijay Zol has scored four hundreds and three half-centuries. The 19-year-old has already made a habit of making it count every time he is out in the middle.
While three of Zol’s hundreds came while leading the India U-19 team, the last one came on his first-class debut, while representing India ‘A’ — against New Zealand ‘A’ on Friday. And even though Zol isn’t too bothered about expectations and milestones, he considers this hundred special.
“I don’t really think about milestones and records. I believe that if I focus on my game, records will take care of themselves. As for expectations, they don’t matter once I am in the middle,” Zol told M AIL T ODAY .
"I don’t like to throw my wicket away once I have settled down and playing on the merit of the ball is my sole focus. But it was really special to get a hundred on my first- class debut.” Even though it is early days for Zol in the first-class arena, the Maharashtra batsman feels that if one has a strong foundation, the rest takes care of itself.
“The basics are still the same, only the concentration level has to be higher and you can’t put a foot wrong. There is no margin for error. I think one needs to be a lot more cautious in his approach at this level,” the left-hander said.
Zol feels that the environment in the dressing room has been great.
“Not for once did I feel out of place. Every member in the team has egged each other on,” he said.
Zol feels that with the BCCI looking to organise as many matches as possible for age- group and ‘ A’ teams, it will only help youngsters grow as cricketers.
“There can be nothing like being out there in the middle. Even if you spend hours at the training ground, it can never be a substitute for a match. So I am really excited that the BCCI has organised so many matches for us. It gives us an opportunity to test ourselves,” he signed off.