Raunaq, Sagar, Bhupen and Aakarshit make a strong case for themselves with Mushtaq Ali round the corner….

Even though the Mumbai Team is all loaded with stalwarts like Surya, Sarfaraz, Shivam, Tare at the top of the order, the youngsters from the pool of Mumbai probables are also making a strong case to make it into the Mushtaq Ali squad.

In the practice match which was conducted on 22nd dec at Wankhede, it was Surya all over the place with a knock of 127 runs in 47 balls taking Team B to 213/5 in 19 overs. Team D even though lost the match by just 10 runs but really gave a strong fight vs a quality team which consisted bowlers like Tushar Deshpande, Khizar Dafedar, Vinayak Bhoir and Atif Attarwala.  Opening the innings, Bhupen Lalwani scored a very confident looking 54 off 38 balls proving his grit that he is much more than a red ball opener. Bhupen even after scoring tons of runs for Mumbai at all age groups missed out even in the list of 150 players for T20 Mumbai & innings like this will not only give him but even the selectors some confidence.

Khizar Dafedar ( Indian Oil Sports Club Team) 220 runs in 315 balls 30 fours and 4 sixes and 3 wkts
All-Rounder Khizar Dafedar who took 3 wkts


Bhupen scored an aggressive 54 off 38 balls (3 fours ,3 sixes) while also stitched a 96 run stand with Sachin Yadav who made 47 runs at no.3. Sachin Yadav is another name who has been scoring runs whenever the opportunities have came by and he is also one player to watchout for. From the bowlers, it was again Tushar Deshpande, their strike bowler coming up with 2/29 in 4 overs while all-rounder Khizar impressing with a 3 wkt haul taking prized wickets of Aashay, Sachin and Bhupen.


Bhupen Lalwani
Bhupen Lalwani


Bhupen speaking with Cricketgraph shared “ I am really working hard to get selected in the shorter formats for Mumbai, I have scored runs at all age groups for Mumbai and I am thankful to selectors that i even got selected for Ranji Trophy last season. However, one thing which has eluded me is seeing myself in the white ball cricket for Mumbai.  The ball was moving today and it was my 1st t20 match this year. I went on mark on the very 1st ball flicking the express tushar deshpande for a boundary and that gave me confidence to build my innings. Tushar was bowling really fast and it was really satisfying to score runs vs a quality bowling attack”


Raunaq Sharma
Raunaq Sharma


In the practice match between Team A VS Team A, Raunaq Sharma and Aditya Tare smashed composed half centuries at the top of the order. Tare opening the innings scored 51. Raunaq Sharma who is known for his clean hitting abilities scored an attacking 54 off 42 balls which had as many as 5 sixes. Raunaq has already showed in T20 Mumbai what he can do with the bat and an innings like this just adds icing on the cake. Raunaq and Aditya tare stitched 90 runs for the 2nd wicket taking their team to a decent total of 158/6 in 20 overs.

Aakarshit Gomel
Aakarshit Gomel

Chasing 159, it was again youngsters making a solid impact. Aakarshit Gomel who scored a century on Ranji Debut once again proved his white ball abilities with a fluent 65 off 43 balls (6 fours, 4 sixes). A knock which was not only a matured one but also which included some proper cricketing shots. India U19 Divyansh Saxena who opened from the other end also looked quite solid with a 34 ball 40 as both the young openers stitched a 98 run stand in 11.3 overs helping their team win by 8 wkts.


Sagar Mishra - Payyade SC
Sagar Mishra


In the practice match which was played at BKC Ground on 21st December, it was young all-rounder Sagar Mishra proving his point with all round contribution of 50* off 47 balls and 1/9 in 2 overs. Even though his team A lost the match courtesy a blazing 59 from Suryakumar, Sagar did left behind an impact with his all-round performance scoring a solid fifty at the middle order and stitching a crucial partnership with Sarfaraz Khan.

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