Mumbai v Rest of India, Irani Trophy, Mumbai February 4, 2013

Kulkarni looks to build on Ranji success

ESPNcricinfo staff

Seamer Dhawal Kulkarni, who took nine wickets in the Ranji Trophy final to help Mumbai to their 40th title, has attributed his success this season to adding extra pace to his bowling and new variations he has worked on. He will be a key member of Mumbai's bowling attack when they take on the Rest of India in the upcoming Irani Trophy.

"This is a big game for me; (I have) never been part of a winning (Irani Cup) side," he said. "I am aiming to do well in this game. I am quite excited about it. Feeling quite confident after my last two games.

"I have worked more on my fitness, worked hard in the nets. The aim before the season was to bowl at a consistent pace which was not there earlier and I worked on that. I wanted to increase pace and that's what I did."

Kulkarni took 30 wickets at 22.90 in nine matches this Ranji season. Before his impressive performance in the final, he took 5 for 32 in the semi-final against Services. Kulkarni said he was also helped by the seniors in the Mumbai side, including Ajit Agarkar and Sachin Tendulkar. With Agarkar out of the Irani Trophy game due to injury, Mumbai would depend on Kulkarni's positive showing.

"I am happy with my performance, have been bowling well throughout the season but the only thing missing was wickets. I managed to get wickets in the last two games. (I am) feeling quite good about it."

Kulkarni will also play for India A in their tour game against Australia in Chennai on February 16.

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  • Ritvik on February 6, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    @SevereCritic.. Give Ishant Sharma another year or two,..if he's still around with the help of performances..he may then just about manage to accurately fulfill your criteria of a pace bowler

  • Samir on February 6, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    @Nampally Dhawal Kulkarni has never played any form of International cricket representing India. Last time I remember he was in the India squad of 15 touring New Zealand but did not make the cut to the final eleven.

  • S on February 5, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    Why cant India produce pace bowlers who look like pace bowlers - with broad shoulders, strong fore arms and closer to 2 meters in height?

  • Patturaja on February 5, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    He is a good prospect. Selectors and team management messed up with him last time. He is a good batsman too. Its surprising that India looks to be producing good pacers than spinners of late like Bhuvanesh, Ishwar, Dhawal, Shami etc. I also read an article in cricinfo that number of wickets taken in ranji trophy is more for pacers than for spinners in the last two seasons. On the other hand, its sad to see no quality spinner emerging in the domestic front. I dont see any spinner with a bowling average in the range of 25-26 in the ranji. Alarming sign this....

  • rajesh on February 5, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    He's just military way he will be selected in the Indian team.Any bowler will suceed in fav conditions.Iswar pandey,Shami ahmed and kaul are the bowlers to look out for.Bhuvi is certain to be picked for test matches and India is lucky to find a gem in this lad.

  • joseph on February 5, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    i hope, he will be in Indian team very soon.

  • Gurunandan on February 5, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    @TM: His parents have asked him to concentrate on studies and then take care of their family business later. He has already achieved the World Cup winners tag so what if it was a Junior World Cup!!!!!

  • Ruchin on February 5, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    @Nampally Kulkarni has not played for India yet. Where did you see him playing for India?

  • Turan on February 4, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    what happened to harmeet singh does anyone know?

  • Ashok on February 4, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    I was a great fan of Dhawal kulkarni once. I was impressed when I saw Kulkarni in IPL bowling magnificiently with his seaming ball with deadly accuracy. But after watching his dismal display when he last played for India I was very disappointed. Kulkarni badly needs consistency in his performance to retain his spot in the Indian side, if he is lucky to be selected again.

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