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'The only thing he has to do is continue to remain focused'

- Chemplast coach Abdul Jabbar

I saw Badrinath play for the first time around five years ago. What struck me first was his hard work. He has natural talent and he also works very hard. I saw a lot of potential in him then itself.

As a coach, I like the way he bats, especially the way he bends and plays. I am also impressed with his footwork, his hand-eye co-ordination and the way he punishes loose balls. He is always focused. He is an all-round player, I would say, he has defence, he has strokes and he can excel in both forms of cricket. His application is superb. He believes in himself. The only thing he has to do is continue to remain focused.

His graph as a batsman has only been going up. I know him for the last five years. Every year he is improving by leaps and bounds. Last year and this year also, he got a lot of runs, but this year he is getting those runs in fewer balls. He is also doing well in both forms of cricket. He also plays both fast and spin bowling equally well, and he has a large variety of shots. He has not only enough strokes in his kitty but knows when to use them.

For the last several years, Tamil Nadu has produced only good left-handed batsmen; after a long gap, we have a good right-hander, and that is Badrinath.

I was very dejected when he was not selected for the Indian team to South Africa. I thought he will be there in the present side that is touring South Africa. I feel he should have been there. It would have given a big boost to his confidence. I am sure his turn will come soon. And he will remain there also for a long, long time. I see great future for him. I feel once he is selected he will settle down and become one of the strong batsmen for the country.

       Also read:
'All I have to do is go there and get runs'
-- The S Badrinath interview
'The proudest moment will be when he plays for India'
-- Badrinath's mother
'I want him to make it to the Indian team and stay there'
-- Badrinath's father
'A player like Badrinath will be very good for any Test side'
-- Coach W V Raman

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