The Scorpio Speedsters

The third annual Scorpio Speedster contest is supposed to start in Delhi later this month. The aim of the event is to unearth hidden pace-bowling talent from various cities across the country. The stakes are much higher this season with the winner getting a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs along with a full season's training at the MRF Pace Foundation (winners of the previous installments won a cash prize of Rs. 75,000 each along with a two week stint under Damien Fleming at the Australian Centre of excellence).

The whole thing makes a very good concept for reality television, but it hasn't really been able to provide an answer for the Indian pace bowling woes so far. Most of the contenders in the previous editions clocked in the mid 130s (kph), but none of them really fell in the tear-away class (the Shane, Shoaib and Brett class).

Few Profiles :
Narvanda Aiyappa - the 26 year old Karnataka Ranji player won the inaugural 2003 contest with a speed of 135 kph. He definitely has not fulfilled the promise that he showed earlier on.
Parwinder Awana - the Delhi speedster from Sumit Academy won the 2004 contest with a speed of 138 kph. He has not been able to get into the Delhi Ranji squad. The tall speedster was turned away after he had attended trials.
Anupam Sanclecha - the 23 year old Pune lad who made it to the finals in 2004 is the only one who has made some sort of impression. He now plays for the Maharashtra Ranji squad and has had a very good debut season.

Wish this year's contest would unearth someone with 140+ speed (kph). Too bad, Iqbal is just a silver-screen character.

Quotes
Ajay Jadeja - “At the end of the day, this is just a platform. The youngster, after being trained at the MRF Pace Academy for a year, would still go back into the system and it will be upto the selectors to decide who gets into the team and who doesn’t.”
Parwinder Awana - ‘‘The stint in Australia was very beneficial. It has boosted my confidence. I am now more confident of making it to the Delhi Ranji team this year.’’

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Blogger Gameboys 10:13 AM

Interesting story! I never knew about such a thing happening.

Well, Srinath was the one real tearaway that India had. I used to fume whenever he was characterised as a 'medium fast' bowler. At the '99 WC, he clocked 93mph. On the South Africa tour of '96-97, I believe he was quicker than that.

Btw, where the hell is Munaf Patel?!!!
- Nanda Kishore    



Blogger vishnupavan 2:30 PM

Nanda.. Munaf Patel just moved to the Maharashtra team.. He played for Mumbai last season and missed lots of matches owing to some injury. He still seems to be in the selectors' plans as was evident from his selection for the fast bowlers camp early this season (as soon as Greg C took over). I dont know what his current speeds are..    



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