Ashay, Abhimanyu, Shams & Satyak bag awards in the NATARAJ PENS college category of Mumbai Cricket Awards ‘18
Mumbai Own Cricket Awards by NATARAJ PENS was successfully conducted on 31st March 2018 in full capacity consisting of Coaches, parents, cricketers and all the relevant personalities in the field of cricket headed by an illustrious panel of Sir Umesh Patwal (Ex-coach of Afghanistan National team and current coach with Nepal Cricket Team), Mrs. Sangeeta Kamat (MCA Women’s selector) and Sir Nitin Surve( Ex-Ranji Cricketer).
From all the categories of awards which were conducted, College level category was something which which seemed to be the most awaited category of the lot. This is the phase where most of the boys are at their peak age of learning, growing up, working on their techniques, taking major decisions regarding their career. Cricketers at the college level have to balance not only their studies and other commitments but also have to grind hard and practice daily on the field and perform in the matches too. This is the phase where most of the aspiring players set a certain goal to reach in Cricket and take the sport seriously as a career and hence felicitating them for the hard work and great performances they put was really important.
In the College Category Award for the “Best Batsman”award was bagged by Ashay Sardesai who is a young batsman and was in the news for scoring a mammoth 250 in the C K Nayudu U23 Cricket Tournament 2017-18. Ashay smashed 855 runs in 12 matches this season and has been one of the most consistent batsman.
The 1st runner up Japjeet Singh Randhawa also bagged an award and felicitation for scoring 742 runs in 10 matches at a staggering average of 80+. Japjeet has been Khalsa’s most prolific run scorer and has single handedly helped his college team win many matches.
Left-handed attacking opening batsman of the Mumbai team who is making a mark in the Mumbai Cricketing circles with his fearless Batting-Divyansh Saxena was the 2nd runner up with 648 runs in 13 matches.
In the Best Bowler Category-Talented Bowler Abhimanyu Vashishtha who has bagged 41 wkts in 16 matches clichéd the best bowler award. Abhimanyu has been consistent with the ball and is improving everyday as far as his line and length is concerned.
1st Runner up Parag Ovhal from Podar College has also been quite a tough competitor to bag the trophy with his consistent bowling throughout the season. Parag Ovhal took 23 wkts in 9 matches.
2nd Runner-up Rugved Kulkarni from RA Podar College was also felicitated for his performance of 23 wkts in 8 matches this season.
In the All-rounder Category- One of the most experienced and prolific Mumbai all-rounder Shams Maulani who has been a dependable warhorse of whichever teams he plays for bagged the prestigious award. With over 520 runs at an average of close to 55 with the bat and 24 wkts in 9 matches this season, Shams has been exceptional as well as consistent making him a big asset in cricket.
1st Runner-up Suved Parkar who is regarded as one of the most promising talents in Mumbai Cricket right now was also felicitated. Suved with 946 runs at a very healthy batting average and 3 wkts in 11 matches has been very impressive.
2nd Runner-up Varun Lavande who is among the most attacking all-rounders at present was the 2nd runner up smashing 664 runs and 4 wkts in 9 matches.
Most Popular Player Cricket Awards in College Category – Satyak Patel from Rizvi Colllege won the most popular college cricketer with a massive win by 268 facebook votes. Satyak who is one of the most promising bowlers of Rizvi has bowled some amazing spells which made him a mass favorite.
The winners were presented a certificate by NATARAJ PENS & Cricketgraph, a stunning BR Sports English Willow bat/a box of BR Sports Leather balls alongwith Fast & Up Gift Hamper. It was a wonderful evening and this event certainly raised the stakes of local cricket and took the grassroot level cricket to a recognized level.
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