Srinagar, February 16: J&K’s newly-appointed Ranji Trophy captain Ian Dev Singh has said that he was trying to create an atmosphere where everyone plays to win in the J&K dressing room.
In an interview with India.com, Ian remarked that he would try to contribute to see him team doing well in the upcoming Ranji Trophy, which starts from tomorrow.
“I just want to go step by step, one game at a time. I am coming back after a gap of one and a half years and couldn’t play cricket because of some circumstances. My role is to lead the team at the moment and I would like to get the best out of everyone. I am trying to motivate them and create an environment where everyone wants to win for the team and in that span if I can contribute in winning of the team, it would be helpful for the team as well,” he said.
The wicket-keeper batter also accepted that J&K has lacked momentum this season but expects to surprise teams in the premier tournament.
“If somebody is watching our team and see the kind of hard work we put in, despite of having limited infrastructure- I see it’s still commendable, we are at the moment in Elite league. No one can take that away from us. We just need a momentum, a good start, which we are lacking this season so far. The moment we get it, we will be exceptional and will be able to surprise big teams very easily,” he said.
Ian also said he wishes to see the duo of Umran Malik and Abdul Samad play for India soon.
“He is a very special talent (Malik), very hard working. Both of the youngsters, Umran Malik and Abdul Samad are giving out their best. This is their time and they want to do well and are working hard on their game. Let’s hope for the best and wish to see them in India colors as soon as possible,” the Jammu cricketer said.
The J&K skipper also spoke about Rasikh Salam, who was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL Auction a few days ago.
“He played the u-25 tournament for us, he did pretty well there and got a bit injured. It is a good comeback for him there that he is getting picked for another IPL team. It’s a big boost for him and he’s gonna work hard for that.” Singh said.
J&K will begin its campaign against Pondicherry tomorrow (Thursday) at Chennai.