Ganesh Sathish was in prime form against Maharashtra in Ranji Trophy 2013-14 final © AFP (Representational Photo)
Ganesh Sathish spoke to Nishad Pai Vaidya after his ton in the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 final.
Ganesh Satish stole the show on Day Two of the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 final with a dazzling knock that has put Karnataka in a commanding position against Maharashtra. Sathish lost his place in the side earlier this season and missed the knockouts in the lead-up to the final. But, the team management drafted him in for the big game and he responded with a crucial ton at No 3.
In an exclusive chat with CricketCountry, Sathish talks about his ton and its importance for him.
CricketCountry (CC): Having come into this all important game, you have answered the calls by scoring a ton. You have missed out on a few games, but this has to be the best moment of your career so far in your career?
Ganesh Sathish (GS): Yes, but the job isn’t complete. Third day’s play is also very crucial. I think, once we get the lead and then go on to win the game, then it would be the best moment.
CC: What was the added pressure of the final like when you walked in to bat?
GS: It wasn’t just because it was a final, because there was a new ball and it was moving a bit. Initially, there was pressure, but Lokesh Rahul and I spoke to each other. We batted together before and enjoyed it.
CC: Early in the innings, you were a bit cautious. Was it a ploy to see off the new ball then?
GS: Yes, it was a conscious effort to play a bit cautiously and then look for the singles. Later on, when the ball got a little older, we could dominate the bowlers.
CC: In the afternoon session you were particularly attacking against the spinners and were using your feet. Was there any turn in the wicket?
GS: The off-spinner was getting a bit of turn from outside the off-stump. There was a bit of turn for Chirag (Khurana). But apart from that, the turn wasn’t much off the wicket. It is a bit slow, but I don’t think there would be vicious turn.
CC: That catch was dropped at mid-wicket. You must have had your heart in your mouth?
GS: (Smiles) Yes, definitely. I was counting my lucky stars.
CC: Can you talk us through the moment you got the ton? Maharashtra had packed the off-side.
GS: Once it was short and wide, the wicket is such that you can use the pace of the ball. So, I wasn’t looking to hit it too hard, but only place it (through the gap).
CC: The celebrations said everything. You have been out of the side for some time. What do you think this ton would do for you?
GS: The ton was very crucial for me. Initially, I felt I played a bit out of position as I was batting at No 7 position and I got only one innings at No 3, where I have played for the last five seasons. I was disheartened when I was out of the side, but I am happy that I got this opportunity in the final.
CC: What would be your targets for Day Three?
GS: Like on Thursday, it is crucial that we don’t lose wickets. Obviously, we will look for runs, but would cut down on the risk and see to it that we don’t lose wickets.
(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)