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Mumbai spin ace Ramesh Powar to play for Rajasthan

Last updated on: August 10, 2013 15:39 IST

Mumbai spin ace Ramesh Powar to play for Rajasthan

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Off-spinner Ramesh Powar has left reigning champions Mumbai to play for Rajasthan in the upcoming Ranji Trophy season.

The stocky all-rounder, who signed a two-year contract with the Rajasthan Cricket Association, said his former teammate and long-time friend Hrishikesh Kanitkar was instrumental in him making the switch.

"I and Hrishi have been good friends and have played together for departmental teams, Mumbai and West Zone teams for years. We have good understanding and he offered me to play for Rajasthan," said Powar, who was instrumental in Mumbai’s Ranji triumph in 2002-2003, excelling with both bat and ball.

"I was playing for Mumbai for 13–14 years and it was becoming a routine thing so I shifted to Rajasthan. It is a different feeling while playing for champion teams like Mumbai. We always stepped in to win.

"Same would be here. Rajasthan too have been Ranji champion for two consecutive years which was no mean feat," said Powar, who looks a lot fitter after shedding a few kilos.


Image: Ramesh Powar
Photographs: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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'Playing for Rajasthan ushers in a new innings for me'

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Powar said he worked on his fitness so that he could do justice to his job with the new team.

"It was a challenge for me to lose weight. I have worked hard because I feel playing for Rajasthan ushers in a new innings for me. I want to contribute in all departments and that is why I wanted to be in best shape," he said.

"The presence of Hrishi would add to confidence. He understands the game well and is composed and focused. He has become a better cricketer after his stint with Rajasthan. I hope I too will get benefitted with my decision of playing for Rajasthan," he said.


Image: Ramesh Powar
Photographs: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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'I still hope to play for the country'

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Though 35 years of age, he still harbours hope of making a comeback to the national squad.

"I still hope to play for the country. A couple of good performance can turn the things your way. You never know. Moreover, there is dearth of quality spinners in country," said Powar, who played two Tests and 35 ODIs.

"I want to give back to the game. I would be happy if I am able to nurture a few youngsters in Rajasthan during my two-year stint. I always love to impart tips to upcoming spinners," he said.

Praising the Rajasthan players, Powar said the likes of Vineet Saxena, Robin Bisht, Ashok Menaria, Pankaj Singh and Rituraj Singh are performing well.

"I feel Robin Bisht was exceptional and he deserves more chances on the weight of his performances," he added.


Image: Ramesh Powar
Photographs: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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