Achiever Uday Kaul says the future belongs to Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH: Uday Kaul It is not as extravagant and relaxing to the eye as the other lefties, but playing 100 first-class games with a batting average of 47.44 and the last 14 years in a competitive Indian circuit requires a special skill.

His determination, determination and compact technique make him one of the most difficult domestic batters to dislodge. The former Punjab captain who now represents Chandigarh in the Ranji Trophy reached the three-figure mark against Puducherry last week. The rain game ended in a draw, but his team won three points based on the first inning.

The player who says he never thought he will play 100 first-class matches knows the importance of this milestone. I've told TOI on the final day of the match against Puducherry: It is a special day for my family and me. All those memories of starting cricket with my brother (Siddharth Kaul) and a tennis ball in our backyard came back in a flash . Through all the ups and downs, it still has been a beautiful journey.

Punjab days

The 32-year-old wicketkeeper batter, a product of the Punjab youth circuit, was in the four youth squadrons of the state (under 14, 17, 19 and 23) before joining his senior team at age 18 in 2005, carefully chosen by the then coach of Punjab. and former cricket player test Pakistani Intikhab Alam .

Uday said: I was playing Cooch Behar Trophy and had marked half a century followed by a century in two games. The next thing I knew was that I was in the senior team. I still remember that game in Mohali against Hyderabad. I hit number 7 and dialed 32 before Pragyan Ojha took me out.

Uday, who played 84 first-class games for Punjab and the captain, says it was the best moment of his life. Uday said: I am indebted to the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) for taking care of me since 12. I'm proud to play alongside Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and my brother, Siddharth Kaul.

His only regret: Not being able to win the Ranji Trophy. We used to play excellent cricket in the league phase, but we lost crunchy moments in knockouts. We were a good team that failed on the big stage. Mumbai, Karnataka and now Vidarbha thrive with their mental strength. Once they enter the knockout phase, they play khadoos cricket. Old Punjab lost his battles in his mind, but the current team has everything a team needs to win.

Chandigarh Chapter

At the start of the season, Uday Kaul was about to move to Nagaland when in a pleasant turn of events, the Union Territory Cricket Association (UTCA) became affiliated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The formalities to join Nagaland were made before the season. Then I received a call from (UTCA president) Sanjay Tandon that Chandigarh had joined and wants me aside.

It was an easy decision for him to fall behind. He said: Membership is a blessing to all Chandigarh cricketers who used to compete for the limited slot machines of Punjab and Haryana. We now have a group of 300 cricket players in all age groups, all credit to Sanjay Tandon. In the coming years, Chandigarh will be a force to consider in domestic cricket.

Current season

However, to publish a fifty in seven entries for Chandigarh in his first season of the Ranji Trophy, the left-hander is going through a difficult phase with the bat. His highest score is 44 against Sikkim but, with gloves, he has 18 layoffs (14 catches and 4 stumps).

He says even in a bad season with the bat, he always played for the team. Uday said: We played good cricket and, with a bit of luck, we could have done better. Third on the Plate Group points table behind Goa and Puducherry, Chandigarh has a slim chance of qualifying for the knockouts because of four rain-hit matches.

The left-handed says: Even this misfortune is a blessing in disguise. The gap between the Elite and Plate groups is huge. It will be good for us to play another year in Plate Group and gain experience to face the greats. in Uttarakhand, who qualified after the first season and now fights in the Elite group.

Mentoring role

All 14 years of experience are dedicated to mentoring the young team. During practice, one can find him surrounded by Arslan Khan, Raman Bishnoi and Ankit Kaushik. Uday says: I love the role of mentor, which is about mutual respect. Bipul and I are the most important players on the side and ready to help anyone who comes to ask for advice. I just want to contribute. Whoever is on the side scores well, the pleasure is mine.

Caught behind the guardians

On why Uday Kaul couldn't play for India, the answer is it was very difficult for a wicket-keeper batsman to get into the side. MS Dhoni had arrived and the likes of Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Karthick, Naman Ojha, and Wriddhiman Saha were in the queue.

Uday said: When I started training with Sukhwinder Bawa at 8 or 9, I never thought I'd play so much cricket. I am so lucky to have come so far. India A in 2013 was closer to playing for the country. On the experience, he said: The level of competition was high.

Looking back

Given the opportunity to rewind his career, Uday would like to make some adjustments, starting with his T20 game. The label of not being cut for the shortest format is difficult to remove in India. He said: If I could go back in time, I would add some ramp shots to my abilities and then I will make more efforts to keep the gate.

Brother Postcard

Uday Bhaiya is my idol. His sincerity towards cricket made him the cricketer he is today. He is a great influence on my game. When I felt depressed after any failure, he supported me. I am lucky to have an older brother. I took the cricket watching him. I was never honest about the game until I started following Uday bhai. I remember how we used to hit lemons with a tennis racket and measure who had hit farther