Former Indian pacer, Chetan Sharma has affirmed to Ishant Sharma’s views on taking up County Cricket to improve the standard of the game. Notably, Ishant Shama, one of India’s most improved pacers, said that a lot of credit for his comeback in international cricket goes to the County Cricket experience that he had.
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Ishant has been one of the most improved fast bowlers in world cricket in recent times. He has worked a lot on his line, length, and speed and has arisen as a deadly and fearsome pacer. During India’s tour of England 2014, Ishant Sharma produced one of the most memorable spells in the history of Indian fast bowling by taking a seven-wicket haul against England which helped India to win the test at Lords after 28 years.
Chetan Sharma, one of India’s prominent pacers in the 80s, has now opened up on the advantages of playing County Cricket and also on the benefits of Junior Cricket Championship.
Chetan Sharma Opines On County Cricket’s Importance
Speaking exclusively to CricketAddictor.com, Chetan Sharma said, “I have also played in England in County cricket and it has helped me a lot to grow as a cricketer. But one should play County Cricket only in offseason and not make it as a regular habit. Ishant Sharma is justified in saying that as he majorly plays in only one format.”
“Indeed County experience is important for players to grow as it the competitiveness in the county is second to none. However, a player should also remember not to overexploit himself as the conditions in England ask a lot,” Chetan Sharma further said.
Chetan Sharma Highlights The Role Of Junior Cricket Championship In Breeding Young Cricket Talent In India
Seven3Sports launched its unique cricket-based programme, “Junior Cricket Championship” (JCC) in April 2020. The idea behind this initiative is to promote the game of cricket among Indian youth through a “Unified Cricketing Platform”. JCC is specifically designed to integrate online and offline cricketing activities and will offer a fair, inclusive and merit-based opportunity to all cricket enthusiasts.
Speaking on the initiative, Chetan Sharma said, “Whenever I talk about cricket, I talk about the grass-root level. When you scale heights in senior cricket, you get all the infrastructure and facility. However, there are a lot of problems in junior strata, especially in school cricket. I don’t want that tomorrow’s Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli fades away playing in the streets.”
“Hence, Junior Cricket Championship (JCC) tends to facilitate junior cricket all over India as 100 clubs will be formed all across the country. There are three different age categories, Under 11, Under 15, and Under 18. We are focussed only on young kids and are determined to provide them state of the art infrastructure to facilitate their talent,” Chetan Sharma added.
JCC welcomes all the cricket enthusiasts to start their dream journey with online registration for cricket talent hunt followed by the online training and cricket tutorials by Indian cricket veterans- Chetan Sharma, Ashok Malhotra, Dronacharya awardee Dr Sanjay Bhardwaj and Surinder Khanna amid the lockdown period.