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Cricketgraph’s interview with “Mr.Fitness” aka Amogh Pandit was quite informative.

Amogh is hailed as one of the top Strength & Conditioning Coaches in India. He is serving as Strength and Conditioning Coach with Mumbai Ranji Team for the last 17 years.

Amogh has also served as Strength and conditioning coach for Rajasthan Royals (Indian premier league). He has also been a conditioning specialist with India A team. Amogh is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with top level certifications like CSCS the NSCA, USA.

When you talk about cricket in Mumbai, there are two types of batsman. The first breed is the group of current senior players of Mumbai who have growned up watching as well as playing Red Ball Cricket. The ones who are known for their traditional cricketing shots, classy batting and old school technique. The 2nd breed is thriving of energetic youngsters who will soon be the future of Mumbai as well as Indian Cricket.

The 2nd breed of youngsters are completely different personalities with them putting more emphasis on white ball cricket and its not their fault either as T20’s are played more than Tests and ODI’s in today’s era. They prefer to play faster, they have the whackiest of shots and for them playing fast is not just a necessity but it’s their natural game.

And when we talk about Jay Bista, he is the fortunate hybrid Cricketer with the best of both the worlds. Born on 23rd December 1995 , at the age of 23, Jay is right there at the middle of two generations where he gets to see two different worlds of cricket. With experienced team mates like Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Shreyas Iyer & Dhawal Kulkarni, Jay gets to witness proper classical red ball cricket whenever he gets a chance to represent the Mumbai team in the longer format of the game. Jay gets to see the sanctity of test cricket, the nitty-gritties of patience, solid technique, classical shots from the 1st breed of his senior mates while he has his own game of wizardy with the bat & athletic fielding abilities making him a perfect recipe for a modern day t20 player.

With the advent of T20 Cricket rising, new shots being innovated every day and playing fast & furious being the latest trend, Jay is well versed with that world of cricket too with aggressive brand of batting being his natural game.

In a candid interview with Cricketgraph, we throwed upon a lot of questions at him which he gracefully answered:

When we asked him how it all started, Jay said “From the age of 2, i was in to this game as my mom had told me from that age itself I was crazy for the game. I started practicing from the age of 8 but when I was 12, that’s when I started thinking about it professionally”

Born & brought up in Mumbai, the 23yr old studied at Bhadra New High School and later went to the famed Shardashram Vidyamandir School which has given Mumbai some of the finest first class & national level cricketers. Jay finished his further studies from Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala College while he is getting trained under coaching of Vinod Raghavan Sir.

Jay has represented Mumbai team at U14, U16, U19, U23 as well as the senior team while he plays club cricket representing Victory CC in Mumbai. When we asked him to share some of his most memorable performances, Jay shared with us- “Getting 136 something last year in my comeback game against Saurashtra, a double hundred in the finals of U23 One Day Tournament, a 4th innings ton of 126 runs while chasing vs Baroda and my recent hundred in T20 mumbai (where he scored 110 off mere 60 balls for Sobo Supersonics) are some of my memorable performances so far.

 

Known for his eccentric and innovative shots including his famous version of “Bista Scoop”, Jay feels thankful to his parents and Coach Vinod Raghavan Sir for whatever he has achieved so far. When we asked him his long term goals, Jay smartly answered” –“I believe in living in the present, I don’t have a long term plan, I just want to win games for whichever teams I play for and keep performing consistently”

Team Cricketgraph wishes him all the luck for a great career ahead as he keeps entertaining one and all with his risqué shots and stylish batting.

In a low scoring encounter, Eknath Shinde Cricket Club II beat Thane Warriors by six wickets in the semi-final of the Thane Premier League on Tuesday at the Dadoji Konddev Stadium.

Batting first, Thane Warriors were bowled out for a paltry 105 in 16.4 overs. Left arm spinner Dhrumil Matkar did the damage with 3/8 in 3.4 overs. Matkar found able allies in Hemant Buchade and Arjun Shetty, as they claimed two wickets each. For Thane Warriors, the opening pair of Ramanpreet Singh (26; 20b, 4×3) and Jitesh Raut (33; 13b, 4×4, 6×2) made major contributions with the bat.

Chasing a modest 106 for a berth in the final of the Thane Premier League, Eknath Shinde Cricket Club II overhauled the target in 18.5 overs at the loss of four wickets. Aman Khan (33; 29b, 4×1, 6×2) and Nikhil Patil (33*; 30b, 4×1, 6×2) guided the run chase and helped their side register a comfortable win. For Thane Warriors, Khizar Dafedar was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped 2/19 in four overs. 

Eknath Shinde Cricket Club II will play their sixth consecutive final of the Thane Premier League. 

Ambernath Rising Cricket Club handed a crushing seven-wicket defeat to Boys Cricket Club in the semi-final of Thane Premier League on Tuesday at the Dadoji Konddev Stadium.

Asked to bat first, Boys Cricket Club posted 160/8 in 20 overs. Opening batter Aditya Rawat picked up from where he had left in the quarter-final and struck another fine half-century. Rawat muscled 69 runs from 41 balls, including four fours and five sixes. Like Rawat, Harshal Jadhav too smashed back-to-back fifties as he mustered 54 runs from 36 balls, including three fours and four sixes. For Ambernath Rising Cricket Club, Prathamesh Mahale, Parikshit Valsangkar, and Bhavin Darji scalped two wickets apiece.

In reply, Ambernath Rising Cricket Club cruised to the target in 16.4 overs at the loss of just three wickets. Anil Ronanki provided a perfect start to the run chase with a 24-ball 49, including eight fours and a six. Later, Prasad Pawar (54*; 24b, 4×3, 6×2) and Shreeraj Gharat (39*; 30b, 4×1, 6×2) completed the formalities at a canter. 

With this stellar win, Ambernath Rising Cricket Club are set to play the final of the Thane Premier League.

 

In the heart of the 27th MCA Ajit Naik Memorial Cricket Tournament 2023-24, a remarkable spectacle unfolded at Shivaji Park. Prabodhan Cricket Club, batting first against Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana, found themselves in a precarious position at 63/5. However, what followed was a masterclass in resilience and determination, led by none other than their wicketkeeper-batsman, Manveer Jain.

Facing the daunting task of salvaging the innings, Manveer Jain took the crease alongside Laxman Prasad. What ensued was a partnership for the ages, a saga of grit and skill that lifted Prabodhan to a formidable total of 324/6 declared.

Manveer Jain’s contribution was nothing short of spectacular. His innings of 110 runs off 173 balls, adorned with 12 boundaries, was the cornerstone of Prabodhan’s resurgence. But it wasn’t just about the numbers; it was about the manner in which he crafted his innings.

Amidst the early collapse, Manveer Jain displayed remarkable composure and maturity beyond his years. With every stroke, he defied the odds and deflated the opposition’s spirits. It was a testament to his character and temperament that he not only weathered the storm but also flourished under pressure.

The partnership between Manveer Jain and Laxman Prasad, worth 261 runs, rewrote the narrative of the match. It was a symphony of skill and partnership, orchestrated by Manveer’s adept stroke play and steely resolve. His innings, lasting 231 minutes, was a masterclass in patience and perseverance.

But perhaps what stood out the most was the promise of greatness that Manveer Jain exuded. His performance was not just a display of talent; it was a glimpse into the future of Indian cricket. At a tender age, he showcased a maturity and poise that belied his experience.

As spectators marveled at his stroke play and resilience, one sentiment echoed unanimously: Manveer Jain is a star in the making. With performances like these, he is poised to carve a niche for himself in the annals of cricketing history. His journey has only just begun, but the path ahead is illuminated with the promise of greatness. Watch out for Manveer Jain – The Future.

 
 
 
 

The fiercely fought quarter-final of Thane Premier League between Eknath Shinde Cricket Club I and Boys Cricket Club on Monday at Dadoji Konddev Stadium ended in a tie. The result was determined by the Super Over in which Boys Cricket Club emerged victorious.

Deciding to bat first, Boys Cricket Club made 159/9 in 20 overs. Opening batter Aditya Rawat pummeled 81 runs from 53 balls, including three fours and five sixes. Rawat found an able ally in Harshal Jadhav, who struck 51 runs from 32 balls, hitting four fours and three sixes. For Eknath Shinde Cricket Club I, Nipun Panchal was the pick of the bowlers with 2/28 in four overs.

In response, Eknath Shinde Cricket Club I matched the score set by Boys Cricket Club. Shashi Kadam top scored with a fiery 46 not out from just 22 balls, peppering the boundary rope four times. Opening batter Japjeet Randhawa was the other major contributor as he chipped in with 39 runs from 28 balls, that saw two fours and three sixes. For Boys Cricket Club, Piyush Kanojiya was the most successful bowler with 2/16 in three overs.

The match was decided by the Super Over in which Boys Cricket Club chased the target of 12 set by Eknath Shinde Cricket Club I. Boys Cricket Club have advanced to the semi-final of the Thane Premier League.

 

In a humdinger of a clash, Eknath Shinde Cricket Club II snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as they beat Benetton Cricket Club by one wicket in the quarter-final of the Thane Premier League on Monday at Dadoji Konddev Stadium.

Riding on Kiran Solkar’s fantastic knock of 61 from 47 balls, Benetton Cricket Club II scored 123/8 in 20 overs. The left-handed opening batter smashed half a dozen fours and two sixes. However, besides Solkar, there were not too many major contributions from the batters of Benetton Cricket Club II as the bowlers of Eknath Shinde Cricket Club II bowled decisive lines and lengths. Dhrumil Matkar starred with the ball as he claimed 3/22 in four overs. He bagged the player of the match award for his match-winning bowling performance. 

Chasing a modest 124, Eknath Shinde Cricket Club II completed the formalities in 19.3 overs with one wicket in hand. Atul Singh was the top run-getter with a 31-ball 28, that included three hits to the fence. Benetton Cricket Club had a good outing with the ball however failed to hold their nerves towards the business end of the match. Saif Khan, Rahul Solkar, and Abhishek Srivastava scalped two wickets apiece. 

With this win, Eknath Shinde Cricket Club II have made it to the semi-final of the Thane Premier League. 

In a pulsating Group C encounter of the Dr. H. D. Kanga Knockout 2024, the Cavaliers delivered a masterclass, decimating ECC by a staggering 292 runs.

Winning the toss, the Cavaliers set the tone early, notching up 30 runs in the initial three overs before losing their first wicket. Maitrik and Roshan then orchestrated an impressive 86-run partnership for the second wicket, laying the groundwork for a formidable total.

Maitrik’s scintillating century, a blistering 103 off just 75 deliveries, adorned with 12 boundaries and a towering six, ignited the Cavaliers’ onslaught. Following suit, Hridayesh Pawar unleashed a relentless barrage, smashing 136 off a mere 74 balls, including 11 boundaries and an equal number of colossal sixes. Their explosive batting propelled the Cavaliers to a mammoth total of 372 runs in 45 overs.

In response, ECC found themselves reeling against the venomous bowling of Dawrika Badoni, who wreaked havoc with a remarkable fifer, scalping five wickets for a mere 16 runs in 4.3 overs, dismantling ECC’s batting lineup with surgical precision.

Dwarika Badoni take 5 wickets for 16 runs
Dwarika Badoni takes 5 wickets for 16 runs

Under the Guidance of Coach Vikrant Gupta the stellar performances from Hridayesh Pawar, Maitrik Thakkar, and Dawrika Badoni, the Cavaliers cruised to victory with consummate ease, firmly establishing their dominance in the tournament.

Brief Score: GCCC 372/6 in 45 overs (Hridayesh 136, Maitrik 103, Hemraj 56/2) beat ECC 80/10 (Mayur 14, Badoni 5/16) by 292 runs.

In a nail biting thriller that went through the ebbs and flows, Ambernath Rising Cricket Club finally emerged victorious as they beat FTL XI in the quarter final of Thane Premier League on Sunday at the Dadoji Konddev Stadium. The scores were tied and then the super over also resulted in a tie. Ultimately the boundary count came to Ambernath Rising Cricket Club’s rescue. 

Batting first, FTL XI were bowled out for 151 in 17 overs.  Opening batter Suryaansh Shedge starred with an impressive 46-ball 77, an innings that was studded with two fours and five sixes. For Ambernath Rising Cricket Club, Saud Mansoori broke the back of FTL XI’s batting with 6/26 in four overs. The left arm spinner ran through the opposition line-up in a jiffy.

In the second innings,  Ambernath Rising Cricket Club fought hard and equalled the run tally set by FTL XI. Parikshit Valsangkar impressed with a 47-ball 61, that included five fours and two sixes. For FTL XI, Shedge, dazzled with the ball too, as he claimed 2/37 in four overs and was the most successful bowler. 

Ambernath Rising Cricket Club have qualified for the semi-final of Thane Premier League. 

Thane Warriors Cricket Academy registered a clinical seven-wicket win over Sportsmen Cricket Club on Saturday at the Dadoji Konddev Stadium in the Thane Premier League. 

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Sportsmen Cricket Club showcased an ordinary performance as they were skittled out for 129 in 19.5 overs. Gaurav Suryavanshi (34; 35b, 4×1) and Aquib Shaikh (30; 13b, 4×1, 3×6) were the standout players with the bat. However, their other colleagues could not chip with as many runs as Thane Warriors Cricket Academy’s bowling was too hot to handle. Zaid Patankar was the pick of the bowlers with 3/22 in 3.5 overs. His opening bowling partner Yogesh Patil was among the wickets as well as he claimed 2/18 in three overs.

In reply, Thane Warriors Cricket Academy made light work of the run chase as they overhauled the target in just 11.2 overs with seven wickets in hand. Ajit Yadav led the run chase from the front with a quickfire 42 from only 18 balls. The southpaw’s blitzkrieg innings was bolstered with five sixes. For Sportsmen Cricket Club, it was again Suryavanshi with the ball who dazzled with a couple of wickets to his credit.

Thane Warriors Cricket Academy outplayed Sportsmen Cricket Club by seven wickets in the Thane Premier League.

On Saturday, Boys Cricket Club’s Piyush Kanojiya wreaked havoc with the ball with a four-fer and guided his team to a five-wicket win over Golden Star Cricket Club in the Thane Premier League.

Opting to bat first at the Dadoji Konddev Stadium, Golden Star Cricket Club were reduced to 119/9 in 20 overs. Left arm spinner Kanojiya rattled Golden Star Cricket Club’s batting order with his decisive lines and lengths. He scalped 4/14 in four overs. For Golden Star Cricket Club, Maxwell Swaminathan (34; 32b, 4×3) and Siddhesh Gavande (38*; 30b, 4×2, 6×1) played a useful hand, however failed to find able allies with the bat.

Chasing a humble 120 for a win, Boys Cricket Club eased to the target in 16.5 overs with five wickets in hand. Harshal Jadhav top-scored with a 23-ball 32, that included five hits to the fence. Besides, opening batter Aditya Rawat (31; 24b, 4×3, 6×1) and Saksham Parasham (26; 22b, 4×3) ensured that their team was home safe. Golden Star Cricket Club’s Swaminathan and Gavande had a good outing with the ball too as they accounted for one scalp each.

Boys Cricket Club thump Golden Star Cricket Club by five wickets in the Thane Premier League.

SRS Group’s Siddharth Mhatre had a fabulous day at the office as he scored a valiant half-century and picked a 4-fer to power his team to a convincing 6-wicket win over Maharashtra Cricket Academy on Friday in the Thane Premier League.

Asking Maharashtra Cricket Academy to bat first at the Dadoji Konddev Stadium, SRS Group reduced them to 114/9 in 20 overs. Batting at number eight, Manoj Yadav top-scored with an undefeated 32 from 28 balls. Yadav smashed a four and a six in his useful knock. On the other hand, it was all Siddharth Mhatre show with the ball for SRS Group. The left arm spinner broke the back of Maharashtra Cricket Academy’s batting with figures of 4/9 in four overs.

Chasing a modest 115 for victory, SRS Group completed the formalities in 16.4 overs. They won the match by six wickets and 20 balls to spare. Mhatre led the run chase from the front with an unconquered 54 from 45 balls, caressing the boundary rope five times. For Maharashtra Cricket Academy, it was Musheer Khan (3/13), who rattled the top order of SRS Group in a jiffy. However, the runs in the bank were too less to defend.

Riding on a power-packed performance from Siddharth Mhatre, SRS Group sealed the deal against Maharashtra Cricket Academy in the Thane Premier League.

 

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