Former Vidarbha Ranji captain Suhas Phadkar starts new entries as president of selectors

NAGPUR: The word 'elegant' comes to mind when you talk about Suhas Phadkar. It was the classic combination of being attractive and effective. His contemporaries and opponents always called him a gentleman, since he has served the game with integrity and distinction for about 40 years, first as a player and then as a referee for 17 years.

Now, a new challenge attracts this 64-year-old man who has assumed the position of chairman of selectors of the high-level selection committee of the Vidarbha Cricket Association.

Sources said Phadkar has already started his new job and saw some games of the recently postponed Guzder League Twenty20 tournament. Yes, he took office, but the official announcement has not yet been made, a VCA source told TOI.

It is a good VCA movement. He has played the game at a very good level. Technically he was a very solid player. He has a great knowledge of the game. I am very sure that I would do a great job for Vidarbha. said Rajan Nair, former media manager of Team India and former executive member of VCA.

Phadkar played at a time when Vidarbha hit the sacks of the Central Zone. During his 17-year career, Vidarbha could not qualify for knockouts. As a result, he only played 63 First Class-61 games Ranji Trophy and 2 Duleep Trophy-and one List 'A' match. He was the first Vidarbha batsman to score a double century in Ranji Trophy . His 203 against UP, against the likes of Rudra Pratap Singh, Gyanendra Pandey , Mohsin Raza and Gopal Sharma, in 1988-89 it was Vidarbha's highest individual score for a long time until Samir Gujar passed it.

Phadkar was also Vidarbha, the greatest creator of the century along with Gujar and Amit Deshpande for almost 23 years until Fazal Fazal exceeded that record. He also directed Vidarbha and the former sprinter from India. Prashant Vaidya He made his first class debut with him.

Former secretary of the BCCI Sanjay Jagdale , who has seen the Phadkar bat raining praise on him. He was a very talented cricketer and a sincere referee. It is good for Vidarbha cricket. Whatever Suhas has done, it has been with the greatest sincerity. As a player, I feel he has achieved poor performance with the kind of talent and technique he had. He should have done better as a hitter, but he served his state team at a time when they weren't that strong, Jagdale said.

Phadkar played with and against most of the best cricketers in the country. Rajinder Singh Hans, former player of India and UP's left arm, who played against Phadkar, said the former Vidarbha captain will do a great job as a selector.

He knows a lot about the game. He has played a great cricket. He is also well versed in today's cricket, thanks to his long and arbitrary career. It is great news for Vidarbha. His teams are doing well and Suhas will play his part in taking the Vidarbha cricket to new heights, Hans said.