“My aim is to harness strengths of our legendary players”: NY Superstar Strikers coach Vaas

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The New York Superstar Strikers, seemingly guided by the confidence instilled by coach Chaminda Vaas and Captain Yuvraj Singh, commenced their campaign in the Legends Cricket Trophy 2024 with a resounding victory over the Dubai Giants.

Despite rain interruptions, the leadership duo led their team with vigor in a reduced 9-over encounter, securing a dominant win.

Coach Vaas hailed the robust lineup of the Superstar Strikers, emphasizing their ability to adapt to the unique demands of the LCT 90-ball format.

“As a coach, my aim is to harness the strengths of our legendary players, molding them into a cohesive unit capable of excelling in any scenario,” Vaas remarked as quoted from a release by Legends Cricket Trophy.

Opting to bowl first after winning the toss, the Dubai Giants faced early setbacks as local talents Suranga Lakmal and Seekkuge Prasanna struck swiftly.

However, the Superstar Strikers, under the captaincy of Yuvraj Singh, steadied themselves, with the skipper delivering a vintage performance, smashing 28 runs off just 16 deliveries, including two towering sixes off Prasanna in a single over. Contributions from Alviro Peterson, unbeaten on 22, and Daniel Christian’s rapid-fire 18 off 9 balls, propelled the Superstar Strikers to a formidable total of 85-4 in their allotted 9 overs.

Yuvraj Singh, recognizing the responsibility of leading a team comprising esteemed cricketers, stressed the importance of unity and setting high standards.

“As captain, it’s an honor to lead such a distinguished squad. My role transcends personal performance; I must inspire unity and uphold standards crucial to our success,” Yuvraj affirmed.

Coach Vaas echoed Singh’s sentiments,  underscoring the significance of effective communication and collaboration in adapting to the LCT 90-ball format.

“Facilitating open communication among the coaching staff and players is paramount. We strive to create an environment where ideas flow freely, empowering everyone to contribute to our strategy,” Vaas added.

The trio comprising Asela Gunaratne, Rahul Sharma, and Isuru Udana delivered impeccable bowling spells, intensifying the challenge for the Harbhajan Singh-led Dubai Giants. Despite a late salvo from Saurabh Tiwary, the Giants fell short by 21 runs.

Team owner Sagar Khanna voiced his confidence in the leadership of Yuvraj Singh and Chaminda Vaas. “Their strategic clarity and commitment perfectly align with our objectives for the season. I have full faith in their capability to steer the team to success,” Khanna asserted.

(This news report appeared in ANI on March 9, 2024)



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