Cricket will see more ambidextrous players

Cricket will evolve vastly in the years to come in a way that there will be more ambidextrous players who can bowl with both hands to offer variety, Australia’s World Cup winning coach John Buchanan said on Monday.

“Hopefully in years to come, we will see more of these players who can use both sides of their bodies to advantage,” the analytical coach, now in-charge of Kolkata Knight Riders, said.

In fact, the Shah Rukh Khan-owned Kolkata franchise has two such cricketers, M E Sanuth and Vikash Chauhan, in their scheme of things and Buchanan hopes to nourish the duo.

Known for his cricketing philosophy, Buchanan, a one-time university lecturer, added: “Definitely, there’s scope for players who can bowl with two hands.”

Speaking about the duo who are part of the KKR 45-member probables, slogging it out at a three-day trial at the Eden, Buchanan said, “One is a young spinner – Sanuth from Kerala. Unfortunately, his left shoulder is injured at the moment. So he could only bowl with his right hand.

“The other is a medium-pacer. He was interesting because he bowls left and right-hand medium pace. Certainly for me, when I talk about development of cricket, over the time, we will see more such unorthodox cricketers. We will encourage them as we see them in Knight Riders’ way in future.”

The Knight Riders’ camp today had a surprise inclusion in the form of Sanjay Bangar who played for Deccan Chargers last season. Buchanan said he was assessing Bangar as his contract with Deccan was for one-year.

“Sanjay (Bangar) was here and he is presenting his skills to us because he has just one-year contract with Deccan.”

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