Shillong, Apr 29 (ANI): After a thrilling win by the Indian cricket team in the 2011 ICC World Cup, the game of cricket is rapidly gaining popularity in the northeast.
A nine-day long under 19 training camp was organized recently in Shillong under the aegis of Shillong Cricket Association and the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI).
Youngsters are dreaming of making it as big like master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
"The northeast boys are very strong. You never know that there might be a fast bowler hidden somewhere here. All we need to do is to tap this young talent and give them correct guidance to make them into better players," said Bhaskar Pillai, Coach, National Batting Academy, Mumbai.
Both bowling and batting coaches, who came in from different parts of the country during the camp, assessed the participants on various parameters and guided them how to hone their skills. The young cricketers grabbed every piece of valuable available from the experts. Players requested for more such camps so that they can learn more.
"I am fond of cricket and want to play for India in the future. I want to represent the northeast so that it can come at par with other states in cricket also," said Akhilesh Saini, a participant from Arunachal Pradesh.
"We feel good here and we are getting to learn a lot from here. We are learning from the coaches and will try to maintain what I have learnt from them. And in future I want to play big for my country," added Shahadat Khulakpam, a participant from Manipur. (ANI)
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