Milind wants to make most of good form
However, while Kumar's routine may not change, things won't be the same for the 20-year-old. “It's different now that I have scored a century on debut,” says Milind, who hit 119 against Haryana last week. “It was a dream come true for me, but now there also a lot of expectations from me,” says Milind.
Indeed it has been a sea change for the middle-order batsman who only about a week before his first class debut was playing in the U-22 CK Nayudu Trophy. An under-pressure knock of 98 against Mumbai there fast-tracked him into the senior squad.
“Of course there is a lot of difference between the U-22 level and the senior squad in the quality of the players and that results in a lot of mental pressure. In the age-group level, you can lose focus for a couple of deliveries and you may survive. But in the first class level, if you get distracted for even a fraction of a second, you know you will lose your wicket.”
There is also the additional pressure of trying to cement your place in a state that is brimming with talent. “With so many talented players who are all deserving of
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