Bermuda coach Niraj Odedra to focus on fitness and pitch – The Royal Gazette
Updated: August 18, 2022 08:20
Bermuda Cricket Board Short Term Head Coach Niraj Odedra, left, and Director of Cricket Elliot Wilson (photograph by Lawrence Trott)
Niraj Odedra, the coach of Bermuda, has singled out fitness and the pitch as key areas the island needs to improve in order to once again succeed on the international cricket stage.
A second-string national side have just emerged from a frustrating campaign at the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League B in Jersey where they lost all of their matches.
“Two things we need to work on are getting the players fit and then converting them into better defenders,” Odedra said. The Royal Gazette. “Without fitness, I can’t get anything out of cricketers. They must be athletes first and cricketers second.
“During the off-season this year, these two things must be given more importance, and I will ensure that they are implemented. Good plans from good coaches will be passed on to each off-season player, and I will personally monitor them. every week, wherever I am.
Despite another humiliating ordeal in Jersey, the India coach said there were positives to take away from the tour.
“I’m very happy with the team’s overall performance,” he added. “Yes, we need to be more consistent with our line and length, but with the stick we now bat long, which goes against Bermuda’s attitude over the years.
“Usually the batsmen impressed more than the bowlers who regularly struggled with the right bowling areas.
“Fieling still needs very, very significant improvements. Catching was again poor due to general game awareness and lack of fitness.
“As coaches we have to make sure they have plenty of practice and drills to make them better defenders. More drills and core court sessions making it more enjoyable all the time.
Among the players who impressed the coach at Jersey were captain Kamau Leverock and fellow all-rounders Charles Trott and Dominic Sabir.
“Some players surely impressed me, even though we lost all our matches,” said Odedra, who is serving a 2.5 month stint.
“Charles Trott with his batting and bowling ability, Sabir as a batsman who was looking to bat long and Kamau with great all-around ability.”
Trott hit a joint best round 58 against Kenya and Sabir 44 against Hong Kong to go with another impressive 39 against the Kenyans.
Leverock led by example as he was the most consistent performer on the island after placing ninth in batting and fourth in bowling in the overall competition standings.
The versatile Rode Park & Lawton Cricket Club player amassed 463 carries at an average of 30.86 from 15 innings, stroking four 50s and a high score of 62.
He also held his own with the ball, claiming 20 wickets at an average of 31.75 with best figures of four for 62.
“A lot of times when you become captain your personal game can suffer,” Leverock posted on his Twitter account.
“These last tours have allowed me to still do enough to be one of the best players in Challenge League B.”
Another player who showed his promise on the tour was the versatile Jabari Darrell.
“Jabari is a very promising cricketer, but he needs to work hard on his fitness and make good healthy food choices,” Odedra said.
“But I’m sure he will because he takes cricket seriously and wants to serve the nation for a long time.”
Bermuda ended their campaign with just a single point to show from 15 matches.
They arrived in Jersey for the third and final leg of the competition after being knocked out of the competition for the only qualifying spot in the six-team league.