PANAJI: Goa captain Amit Verma believes that his side can put up scores in the region of 300 runs in every game if the batsmen bat for long durations, at the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy one-dayers tournament in Surat.

Speaking to Goa Cricket Association’s YouTube channel, the experienced 32-year-old highlighted the batting strength in the team.

“A minimum of 300 runs if we need to win, that’s a target we are looking at for fifty overs (format). So, the batting is really good. We have six or seven good batsmen but only thing is that the batsmen need to bat long with bit more responsibility than the T20s. Obviously, you have more time here, so if we can take it to the last five overs with wickets in hand; against a decent bowling attack, we can achieve 300 every game if we are batting first,” explained Verma.

The former Karnataka and Assam professional-signing also pointed out the change in the Goan approach that was evident at the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20s.

“I think the T20 was wonderful. If we had won the first game (Goa lost by just six runs to MP), we could have more or less qualified. So,  the belief in the team is good now with all the players more confident because we beat teams like Rajasthan and Vidarbha. So, we are trying to take a step forward now with the one-dayers. We had a good camp here (GCA academy-Porvorim), played three practice matches. Preparations have been very good. All the players are very confident right now. And if we take the same momentum (from T20 performance) into the one-dayers (Vijay Hazare Trophy), if we can stay together as a team looking to win…this is the biggest change for the Goan team this year,” remarked Verma.


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