He wants to lead as Sourav Ganguly, says the new Bengal captain, Abhimanyu Easwaran

NEW DELHI: With great power comes great responsibility, that is not only a dialogue from a famous Hollywood movie, but it is also true in real life. And 23-year-old Cricket player Abhimanyu Easwaran feel the same after being named new Bengal captain.

“It’s a big responsibility for me and promise I won’t disappoint anyone,” the 23-year-old Easwaran told Timesofindia.com in an exclusive interview after being appointed as the new Bengal skipper, replacing Manoj Tiwary in all formats.

Tiwary had taken the reins of Laxmi Ratan Shukla in the 2015-16 season. And Easwaran is ready to take on the great challenge.

“It is going to be a good big challenge and opportunity for me. I am thankful to my seniors who made me what I am today. Leading a big team like Bengal , it’s a huge honour and pride for me. It’s a big responsibility for me and promise I won’t disappoint anyone,” the top order batsman said.

“He (Manoj Tiwary) congratulated me after the news. He has played a big role in my career. I have learnt a lot from him. He has guided me at every step. I will be looking for his help and guidance while leading Bengal ,” he said.

“He (Manoj Tiwary) also told me ‘Abhimanyu, you will play for India someday’. He believes in my game. He always encourages me, motivates me and gives me Cricket ing tips,” the new Bengal skipper said.


23 - Not too young to become captain

For Easwaran, the opportunity has come at the right time and he is not worried that his young age is an important factor when leading one of the great teams in India. Cricket .

I don't think it's about age, it's about performance. In addition to performance, how you behave and the amount of careers you have scored. It is a good time to lead a side. I am sure that I will do my best and lead my team to victory for the title. I am sure we will win a title soon, ”a confident Easwaran told TimesofIndia.com.

Easwaran was born in Dehradun and was 11 years old when he moved to Calcutta to continue his studies. His father, RP Easwaran, rented an apartment in Kolkata and admitted him to a school to continue his studies.

“I was 11 when I came for study in Kolkata. I am from Dehradun and my parents stay there. I played leagues and local Cricket then. After that I was selected for Under-16 and I performed well at that stage. It was a dream to play for Bengal and lead the team some day. Now, the dream has come true. I have to go a long way,” he said.


The roles that Dravid and Ganguly have played so far in Easwaran's career

Easwaran spent some time with the legend of the Indian batting and the Indian coach A Rahul Dravid . He also learned the art of the captaincy of the former captain of India. Sourav Ganguly .

“He (Dravid) was my coach at India A. We used to have a lot chats during matches, training sessions and on rest days as well. He was really helpful. It is great to have people like him around who have performed at the highest level. Wish I could bat like Dravid and lead like Dada (Sourav Ganguly), ”Easwaran said.

“My family is very supportive and my father is a big inspiration for me in life. My idol is Rahul Dravid . I take inspiration from him in Cricket ,” he said.

“I met Dada (Ganguly) before the A series of Sri Lanka. Every time he is on the ground and in the city, I approach him. He is a legend of the game and has immense knowledge about the game. Whether batting or captaincy, he is number one for me. Every time I find it, I talk about the mentality and (how) to convert small scores into large ones. He has given me many tips. I also met him during the A series in Sri Lanka and I think dad's advice helped me a lot in the series. I went on to write down a double century. I met him during practice sessions too. He has great positivity. Their two-minute conversations are enough to motivate you, ”he said.

“In any tournament, the Bengal team has always gone (in) with a winning approach. They have played attacking. The hunger for a win is always there. Dada (Ganguly) has set the example. It was followed really well by Manoj bhaia (Manoj Tiwary). He is an amazing and experienced player. He has amazing knowledge and skills. The new players are learning a lot from him. We have a good side and have the potential to win tournaments,” the youngster said.

“I will go with the same approach as Dada when I will lead the team ( Bengal ),” he said.


Easwaran India limits

So far, Easwaran has represented India A against three international teams: New Zealand A, Sri Lanka A and the West Indies A.

The best thing I learned was how to act in different conditions (from the recent series vs. West Indies A). The conditions of the West Indies were totally different from those we played in India. It was an incredible experience to play with the players who are already playing in the senior team. It was a good learning experience. How they prepare for a game and what challenges they face. Trust me, it's not easy, Easwaran said.

“It was a good experience to share the dressing room and play alongside Wriddhiman Saha, Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal. I spoke a lot to them about Cricket . The challenges, pressure and mindset – I discussed all this with them,” he said.

Easwaran has a double century in his name against Sri Lanka A. He hit a brilliant 233 of 321 balls to help India A beat Sri Lanka A by 205 races in May earlier this year in Belgaum. He was declared Man of the Party for his spectacular blow.

“I was in attack mode in that game. I can play both attack and slow entries. It depends on the situation of the party. The wicket was really good for hitting and I used the conditions very well. It was a good feeling to win the game for my team against a quality team, ”the 23-year-old signed.