CHENNAI: At the forefront of Bengal's good run in the Vijay Hazare Trophy here is a Tamilian. Opener Abhimanyu Easwaran slammed a century against Mumbai on Friday to continue his impressive run and help his team post a fourth win in as many games in Group C.
Watched by his family, the 21-year-old will cherish every moment at Chepauk. “It's great to score a ton at this ground in front of my family. I've strong roots in the city, where my relatives stay. It was all the more pleasing, as it came in a winning cause against a good team like Mumbai,” he said.
“I've worked hard on my game at our academy in Dehradun. Plus, I've played lots of club cricket in Delhi, Nagpur and Kolkata. I'm pleased to also have the support of Sourav Ganguly. Never for a moment at Bengal did I feel like an outsider,” he said.
In the last one year, his game has improved a lot. A reason is Abhishek Nayar of Mumbai, his mentor. Nayar is also the mentor for Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik and S Bharath, of Andhra, to name a few. “I love to interact and talk to players and work with them to improve their skills. I dwell more on the mental aspect and fitness,” Nayar had said before the Vijay Hazare tournament began.
RP Easwaran, Abhimanyu's father, revealed that on the advice of Apurva Desai, personal coach of his son, Nayar was approached.
“I've benefited lots thanks to Abhishek. He focuses more on mental aspect, and tells me how to play to potential. These interactions and training sessions have helped improve my self-belief. I train during the off season with him, and also before major games or tours. We avoid interacting when our teams clash,” said Abhimanyu, who single-handedly defied Mumbai in a match where the next highest score after his 127 was 34.