Away from the spotlight, which is focussed on Australia’s one-day tour of India and the recent comeback bids of senior cricketers playing for India ‘A’ versus West Indies ‘A’, 19-year-old Baba Aparajith is quietly scoring runs and making a mark.
With scores of 212 and 109 in his last two innings for South Zone in the ongoing Duleep Trophy, Aparajith is in fine form. A double hundred at any level is an accomplishment, and young Aparajith, after scoring big on his Duleep Trophy (212 versus West Zone) and Deodhar Trophy debuts — he made 121 against East Zone in March — wants to make substantial contributions consistently.
“To get a double hundred on debut is a very special feeling. Getting those many runs is always good, no matter in what format or competition. My approach to the game is to stay positive,” Aparajith said.
The all-rounder — Aparajith is an off-spinner — understands that the level of expectations will only rise after his performances in the Duleep Trophy.
“There will be expectations, but I don’t want to put myself under pressure unnecessarily. I just want to enjoy my game and give my 100 per cent. Whether it is a Ranji Trophy game, an ‘A’ game or any local game, I want to contribute well every time I take the field. If I shift my focus from my cricket to whether I will be selected or not, it will only add pressure,” Aparajith added.
After the U-19 World Cup in 2012, which was held in Australia, Aparajith’s big break came when he was picked for the three unofficial one-dayers against the touring West Indies ‘A’ last month. After sitting out of the first two games, Aparajith replaced Unmukt Chand for the third and made a half-century.
“I was happy with the way I played, but was disappointed with the result as we lost that particular game. Yuvraj’s presence at the other end when I was at the wicket made things simpler for me. When he starts hitting fours and sixes, the batsman at the other end gets more time to get his