Aiyappa to train under Damien Fleming

Published: Thursday, July 15, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:India's first Scorpio Speedster N C Aiyappa of Karnataka, who won the "Hunt for India's fastest bowler" contest with a speed of 135 kms, will train under former Aussie speedster Damien Fleming for three weeks at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.

Aiyappa, who was crowned India's first Scorpio Speedster in a nail-biting final at Mumbai last year, has already attended three camps with the Indian senior team even before playing for South Zone team, a release from the sponsors said in Mumbai.

"This is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. Before winning this title, no one knew who I was. But now I have attended three national camps and Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and coach John Wright all know about me," Aiyappa said in a statement before his departure.

Over 18,000 aspiring youngsters from all over the country participated in the contest with the final being held at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana in Mumbai.

Fleming, who is the senior coach at the Centre of Excellence, shifted recently from Adelaide to Brisbane, said in the same statement that he was looking forward to Aiyappa's visit.

"I am sure he has more than earned his right to be in the centre after emerging winner amongst such stiff competition and he will get the grooming and training that has been imparted to many young men who have gone on to represent their respective countries in the past," Fleming added.

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