Can another Barrington be part of cricket lore?

Published: Thursday, June 16, 2005, 18:23 [IST]
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Can another Barrington be part of cricket lore?

Bangalore:Named after the legendary former England cricketer Ken Barrington, Karnataka's opener Barrington Rowland has been knocking at the doors of Indian selectors for a while.

Though the selectors are yet to open the doors of the big league for Barrington, he received a shot in the arm yesterday when he was named as the captain of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) colts squad that is to tour Down Under in July. The team will play a few Limited Overs Internationals including some Twenty20 matches.

"It's a great honour and I feel proud to lead the side," said Barrington on being assigned with the top job. "I have lead the side at the Under-19 level earlier and am comfortable being at the helm."

Despite being a prolific run-getter in the domestic circuit, Barri (as he is known among his teammates) is yet to get a look in at the national level. And he hopes the present assignment Down Under will give him the much-needed international exposure.

"This is my first tour to Australia. New place, bouncy tracks, quality opposition. I relish the new challenge," said Barrington.

Barrington pointed out Robin Uthappa, Vinay Kumar and N C Aiyappa as the players who could hold the key to his team's fortunes in the Australian tour.

"Robin (Uthappa) is pretty consistent. I have a lot of faith in my opening bowlers Aiyappa and Vinay Kumar; they are capable of running through a batting order."

On being asked about the current plight of the once-formidable Karnataka team, Barrington said: "Let bygones be bygones . I am looking forward to the next season with full of hope". Though Karnataka fared poorly in the last Ranji season, Barrington was a picture of consistency at the top. It may be recollected that he made the highest individual knock by a Karnataka batsman (283) last season.

An alumnus of Frank Antony Public School and St Joseph's Commerce College, the 24-year-old Bangalorean is a man of varied interests. "I enjoyed reading Sunil Gavaskar's autobiography as well as Rahul Dravid's biography by Vedam Jaishankar. I do spend some time on the guitar and am not averse to playing hockey."

Though Rahul Dravid is his favourite cricketer, being an opener he has high regards for the legendary Sunil Gavaskar. "At times, I have been truly overawed by seeing his batting; especially the deft manner in which he countered quality opposition on lively wickets."

As he gets ready to pack his kit to be in time for the nets at KSCA, Barrington exuded confidence over the two-week trip that starts on July 2nd and ends on 17th.

"It's a pretty young side quite raring to have a go. I have played with most of the players who were my mates in the state team. We will put in our best and the rest is left to the almighty," concluded Barrington.

Barrington's father Lincoln had named him after the legendary former England player, Ken Barrington. If another Barrington can carve his niche in the international arena, Karnataka and India can bask in that glory.

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