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Raju lands in Nepal, lauds spinners

Former Indian left arm spinner Venkatapathy Raju has arrived in Nepal on Wednesday to help Nepali spinners shape up their skills for the upcoming ICC World Cricket League Division-II tournament to be held in Namibia from January 17-24.

 

The 45-year-old Raju will will remain in Nepal until January 2 to train Nepali spinners before the cricketers leave for a 10-day tour of South Africa. Speaking exclusively to cricketingnepal.com, Raju said Nepali spinners are the world class bowlers.

 

He further described, “I have seen Nepali spinners in Sri Lanka. They are of world class. What they just need is fine tune their bowling. I have seen them bowling. I liked their line and length and turn in pitch.”

 

“During my one week with them I will focus on their gripping, line and length and how to bowl according to the situation of match,” Raju told cricketingnepal.com.

 

Raju has played 28 matches for India and took 93 wickets with five five-wicket haul. Similarly in 53 ODIs he had taken 63 wickets. His best bowling figures in an innings in Test is 6-12 while in ODIs his best figures read 4-46.

 

Raju who made debut in Tests during their tour of New Zealand in 1990 played his last test match during Australia’s visit to India at Kolkata in 2001. Raju just played for six years in ODIs for India debuting against New Zealand at Dunedin in March1, 1990 and his last match was against England in Manchester in May 26-27, 1996.

 

Raju took 589 wickets in 177 first class matches with 31 five-wickets haul and five 10-wickets haul with best bowling in an inning of 7 for 82. ACC Development Officer Raju recently helped the spinners from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their run-up to the 2015 World Cup to be held jointly in Australia and New Zealand.

 

Raju – who is famous for his painstaking two-hours of stay in the crease as a night watchman during India’s tour of New Zealand in the 1990 played for India in the 1992 and 1996 World Cups.

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