Abhishek Baadkar | Sport Seam
Bengaluru, April 3: For the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore side, tasting victory has turned into a daunting task. With four losses out of four games, the 12th edition of the India Premier League has begun on a very sour note.
Apart from losing matches, RCB has only one local player in the squad – Devdutt Padikkal. Despite Karnataka being the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 champions, there is no sign of other Karnataka star players in the line-up.
If the strategy is backfiring from all angles, why not sign up the leading scorer Rohan Kadam? It’s not too late too. This dashing left-hander has smashed 536 runs to top the charts of the domestic championship.
Having single-handedly led the charge for Karnataka, Rohan shared his thoughts on the recently concluded season. “Preparations were good. We had a week-long camp before the tournament and a couple of practice games. Personally, those practice games went well for me as well as the team,” said Rohan.
With an impressive run in the club cricket, the Belagavi-born batsman continued his fine run in the domestic circuit. “In the run-up to the Syed Mushtaq Ali (Trophy), I had a good outing in the YSR (Memorial) Trophy and KSCA T20 league. In February, I represented my employer (Vijaya Bank) in the Dr. DY Patil tournament in Navi Mumbai and I got a hundred in the knockout stage of the YSR against Herons (Cricket Club). It gave me a lot of confidence and I could carry that into the Syed Mushtaq Ali,” added Rohan.
This big-hitting opener has all the qualities for the shortest format of the sport. “RX Murali, my personal made a few minor tweaks in my batting. He has helped me a lot and very thankful to him. I spend about two days-a-week at his academy,” stated Rohan.
Rohan has represented Karnataka U-19 and U-23 for two seasons and U-25 once. On his Vijay Hazare Trophy debut in 2017, Rohan managed just 17 against Chhattigarh.
When enquired on any IPL franchise approached him during the season, Rohan said, “Currently, I’m focusing on the first division league that’ll be starting in couple of weeks. I’ll continue to work hard and improve my batting and try to score runs in the league for Jawans (Cricket Club).”
Trained by Sangam Patil at Belgaum Sports Club, Rohan aims at short goals. “Right now, I don’t have any long-term plan because I try to focus on the matches coming up next. It’s more like short goals – what’s ahead of me right now,” mentioned the 24-year-old Rohan, son of a businessman Pramod Kadam.