“I think we have prepared the boys. It is their call now and I am optimistic. I think all are set for a good three days of cricket,” Goa U-16 coach Robin D’souza told The Navhind Times as players of both teams had a feel of the pitch at the GCA ground in Porvorim on Thursday.
“They did not have match practice but all the boys were put through the paces. Each batsman faced around 300 balls and all were put through physical drills. The most important thing was to get them mentally prepared,” said Robin.
“If you are mentally strong, half the battle is won. I have taught them the nuances of responding to tough situations and gave them tips on how to put the opponents out of track. How they respond is something I cannot influence on the pitch,” added Robin.
“The innings of the new managing committee begins with the first ball being bowled today. We do not expect miracles but we expect a change in attitude not only from these boys but all players. I am sure it is going to be a good start,” said GCA president Suraj Lotlikar.
“I hope we will see more fans coming to see and cheer our boys. They have worked hard and encouragement from fans is always a bonus,” added GCA secretary Vipul Phadke.