Told the boys we had two options: give up or fight it out

File Photo : B Aparajith
Sportingindia|09-Aug-2017 13:03

VB Thiruvallur Veerans skipper B Aparajith spoke exclusively to the TNPL website after leading his side to a three-wicket win over Madurai Super Giant in their India Cements Ltd TNPL match in Sankarnagar on Tuesday. His knock of 72 won him the Man of the Match award as well as the Maximum Sixes award. Excerpts:
Tell us more about today’s win. It has kept you in contention for the playoffs.
I think it was an important game for the team as we had lost two games previously. Now, we have a good chance of qualifying if we win the next game. If we had lost we would have had to depend on the other results, so it was great that we got this important win.  
What was going through your mind as a captain when Madurai Super Giant was batting well?
I thought it was very difficult for the bowlers and we can’t be very critical today as the ball was not gripping and the outfield was very wet. The ball was coming on to the bat but I thought 145 was a bit too much and that we could have chased 125-130. 
What did you tell the boys during the innings break?
I told them there were two options: give up or fight it out till the last ball regardless of the result. Everything worked well for us.
Tell us more about your crucial knock today...
The intention was clear for everybody from the first ball. As we were chasing 146 in 14 overs, we had to go bang, bang from the first ball. I just watched the ball and hit it with a clear mind and it worked out well.
Were you worried when you lost a bunch of wickets towards the end?
Yes, because we lost two left-handers. Left-handers held the key on this wicket, as they had two left-arm spinners. Our two left-handed batsmen got run out so I was a little worried. But we were just two to three hits away from victory, so I thought we could make it.
Tell us more about your team and giving youngsters like Hari Nishaanth a chance.
The core of our team is made up of youngsters. We thought Hari Nishaanth wasn’t performing well, so gave him a break. We knew he had talent. VB Sir and I spoke to him and asked him to express himself and he did well today.