Anukul Roy was one of the key architects of India U19’s World Cup success where the left arm spinner finished as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 14 scalps to his name. Following his successful U19 World Cup campaign, Anukul thanked MS Dhoni’s key advice for his bright display in New Zealand.
Here is what MS Dhoni told India U19 bowler Anukul Roy
Speaking on how Dhoni’s advice helped him control his line and length at the U19 World Cup, Anukul Roy said,
“Whenever we meet, he tells me to stay disciplined. ‘You are bowling well. If you put more body into your deliveries, the chances of bowling short will also go down.’ So, that advice helped me a lot and I am bowling less number of short balls. I feel confident.”
Anukul’s 14 wickets came at an impressive average of 9.07, miserly economy rate of 3.84 and a deadly strike rate of 14.1 which saw India run through every middle order of the competition.
Anukul Roy also credited his practice in the New Zealand’s seam-friendly conditions as the biggest reason for his consistent form at the U19 World Cup. Anukul and his fellow spin bowling partners had prepared for flat tracks and worked in tandem by not giving away too many runs and attacking from both the ends.
One major skill which Anukul, Shiva Singh, and Abhishek Sharma all worked on was bowling in death overs and how to not give away too many runs as those 3 had the responsibility of working most of the middle and death overs.
Next goal for Anukul is to have a successful Vijay Hazare Trophy and then go on to have a steady Indian Premier League with Mumbai Indians.