August 31, 2015

Chandrika targets regional comeback

Picture perfect! Rajendra Chandrika is all poise as he plays a  solid forward defence

Picture perfect! Rajendra Chandrika is all poise as he plays a solid forward defence

By Ravendra Madholall in Toronto

Considered one of the more technically correct young batsmen in the Caribbean, Rajendra Chandrika, is aiming to regain a place in the Guyana side for next year’s West Indies Cricket Board Regional Four-Day tournament.

Currently representing Vikings Cricket Club in the annual Toronto and District Cricket Association Elite and Premier League competitions, Chandrika’s form has been admirable so far.

It is his debut season and the 24-year-old batsman from Everest Cricket Club in Georgetown wants to continue with the impressive showing in North America.

He has scored over 300 runs and his best knock of 82 was on Saturday against a Islanders Cricket Club at the King City ground. Like many of his compatriots, who are plying their trade in Canada, Chandrika is willing to make an impact for Guyana.

The talented Chandrika represented Guyana in 22 First-Class matches but had a poor run of form last season.

“Certainly I [am] enjoying my cricket up here; it is my first season but it has been great as I am keep trying to play as much competitive cricket as possible; I want to do well for Guyana in the upcoming regional four-day games, once I am selected, but consistency is very important,” Chandrika related.

He stated that he was very thankful for his club for giving him the opportunity to play in Canada on a professional level and was also delighted to be among the top-performers.

“Coming to Canada and play in both the Elite and Premier divisions is definitely inspiring and I am using every bit of my opportunity to make an impression; I am indebted to Vikings for giving me the chance to be among many former West Indies and Caribbean cricketers,” the former West Indies Under-19 opener declared.

He commenced his senior career for Guyana in 2010 against Trinidad and Tobago at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua, where he scored a fluent 65 while his last outing was rather inauspicious against Jamaica at the Guyana National Stadium where he only made five and nought earlier this year.

“You always want to give your best performance for your country; getting a good start in my career but I had one and two injury problems and unfortunately I lost my form but I am working very hard now both mentally and physically; runs are essential and I am looking forward to represent Demerara and Guyana later this year,” Chandrika, whose highest first-class score is 90, divulged.

He is set to return home shortly and has plans of coming back next year to represent Vikings Cricket Club. He scored four fifties this season.

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