October was a month where the cricketing season kickstarts at its peak, there are numerous tournaments and numerous matches across Mumbai. Hence, to make it into the top 5 is certainly a commendable feat considering these 5 knocks stood out from a minimum of 300+ performances in the month of October.
Here are the top 5
5. Pragnesh Kanpillewar (LHB)-155 (113 balls), Mahindra Shield Tournament’ 18
His team Vijay Merchant XI in reply to Vijay Manjrekar’s 1st innings managed to score 335 runs as Pragnesh Kanpillewar once again showed his resistance and solid batting technique going on to score a match winning 155 off mere 113 balls scoring half of the team runs himself. It was an innings of pure belligerence in a test format as he smashed 21 fours and 6 sixes to push his team towards a healthy total.
It was on the basis of his brilliant 155, Vijay Merchant XI had won the match on 1st innings lead.
4. Dhanraj Shinde (RHB)- 101* (47 balls), Kanga League ’18
We always knew scoring in Kanga is difficult and especially those hundreds which are a daunting task. Then comes players who amaze you by not only scoring hundreds but smashing them in style with pure dominance. Dhanraj Shinde just broke this year’s fastest Kanga ton record which was earlier held by Rakesh Naik who scored in 57 balls.
Amar CC batting first declared their innings on 167/8 with Harshad Rawle top scoring with a gritty 76. New Amrit CC on the other hand were off to a good start with Dhanraj who come at no.5 continuing the good start left by the openers. Right handed Dhanraj was in the acceleration mode from ball 1 as he thrashed the bowlers everywhere in every corner of the ground smashing as many as 11 sixes and 5 fours dealing only in boundaries. Dhanraj not only smashed the fastest ton but also achieved one more record of most sixes in an innings in Kanga ’18.
New Amrit CC were 203/5 as they won the match on 1st innings on the back of Dhanraj’s blazing ton.
3. Prasad Pawar (RHB)- 115* (126 balls), Semi-Finals of Police Shield ’18 while Chasing
Into the all important semi-finals of the prestigious Police Shield Tournament, it was a high pressure game for MIG CC and Parkophene Cricketers. MIG CC entered the game as favorites because of their in- form batting line up as well as their team’s overall progress this season. However, the talented team of Parkophene Cricketers ensured that a tough fight be given and change the cards in the all important semis.
Chasing 256 against the powerful MIG, Parkophene were 78/4 at one point and chasing it down appeared certainly difficult. However things changed when Prasad Pawar who came at no.6 scored his 2nd ton of the tournament. It was indeed one of the crucial tons while chasing as he scored 115* off 126 Balls (9 fours, 2 sixes) helping Parkophene Cricketers win the match by 5 wkts. Prasad soaked the pressure well as he kept his calm while kept the scoreboard ticking helping his team reach the finals.
2. Rudra Dhanday (RHB)- 203 (193 balls), Police Shield Tournament ‘18
In many ways Rudra Dhanday has attributes much like our Hitman Rohit Sharma. There is no stopping once Rohit gets going and the same applies to Rudra too as far his batting style is concerned. Rudra who once scored a double hundred in T20 has showed over the last few seasons his penchant for scoring big knocks and this time he showed it in the Police Shield with a thumping double ton.
MCA Colts batting first notched up a massive total of 416/6 in 70overs and maximum credit to their opener Rudra who almost scored half of the runs. Opening the innings, right handed Rudra tore apart the bowlers with his aggressive batting as he went on to score a double hundred like a boss. Rudra scored 203 off off 193balls smashing 25fours and 2sixes while also did good running between the wickets keeping his calm when required
In reply Islam Gymkhana were all out for 202runs as MCA Colts snapped a massive win by 214runs on the back of Rudra’s double ton.
& FINALLY THE NO.1
1. Bhupen Lalwani (RHB)- 191 (319 balls), Shalini Bhalekar Tournament ‘18
Well it was a tough choice between Rudra and Bhupen but Bhupen made it to the top spot not only because his knock of 191 came at a time when hardly any batsman from his team were able to score runs, it was also because of his consistent performance with 432 runs at an average of 108.00 in the Shalini Bhalekar Tournament. Bhupen also batted twice from start to end opening the innings fighting it out single handedly scoring almost half of the team runs.
In the match between Jehangir Pithawala and Hemang Waigankar XI at Wankhede Stadium, Bhupen played a yet another special innings at a ground where every cricketer has a dream to score a hundred and raise the bat with pride. Bhupen not only stitched a132 run stand with Jay Bista opening the innings. He converted his good start into a majestic 191 off 319 balls laced with 13 fours and 6 sixes. An innings which was a mixture of perfect temperament facing more than 50 overs alone as well as brute hitting which had 6 sixes in it taking his team to 419/10 in 119 overs.