India news August 10, 2013

Ramesh Powar switches to Rajasthan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ramesh Powar, the former India offspinner, has shifted from his home team of Mumbai to Rajasthan, signing a two-year contract. Powar played five of the 11 matches in Mumbai's run to the Ranji title last season, but had little success himself, only managing six wickets at 82.16.

Powar said that current Rajasthan captain Hrishikesh Kanitkar had convinced him to make the switch to a team that has won the Ranji Trophy twice in the last three seasons.

"The presence of Hrishi would add to [my] confidence," Powar told PTI. "He understands the game well and is composed and focused. He has become a better cricketer after his stint with Rajasthan. I hope I too will benefit from my decision of playing for Rajasthan."

The stocky Powar said he had worked hard on his fitness so that he could deliver for Rajasthan. "It was a challenge for me to lose weight. I have worked hard because I feel playing for Rajasthan ushers in a new innings for me. I want to contribute in all departments and that is why I wanted to be in best shape."

Having made his first-class debut back in the 1999-2000 season, Powar has plenty of experience. "I want to give back to the game. I would be happy if I am able to nurture a few youngsters in Rajasthan during my two-year stint. I always love to impart tips to upcoming spinners." Among the spinners Powar will get to work with in Rajasthan are offspinner Madhur Khatri and left-arm spinner Gajendra Singh.

It has been nearly six years since Powar last represented India, but even at 35, he dreams of returning to the national team. "I still hope to play for the country. A couple of good performances can turn the things your way. You never know. More over there is dearth of quality spinners in country."