With over 1500 runs in the last one year in 25 matches at an average of close to 75.00 which includes 5 tons and a best score of 268 in the Times Shield, Swapnil is certainly proving a point as a reliable batsman who can be a great Ranji and IPL pick.
In the all important semis, MIG opting to bat first on their home ground notched up an impressive 493/7 in 90 overs. MIG’s two stable horses Swapnil and Sumit Ghadigaonkar(65) gave a 100 run opening stand while Swapnil went on to convert his 50 into a big score of 178 runs off 247 balls (20 fours). It was a solid display of batting as he smashes some brilliant shots en-route his match winning 178.
Swapnil Salvi who came at no.5 also came good with the bat scoring a timely 111 off 119 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes) as MIG were in command.
Shivaji Park Gymkhana were off to a great start chasing 494 thanks to their aggressive opener Ninad Kadam scoring a scintillating 129 off 125 balls (13 fours, 5sixes) playing in his usual style of counter attacking the bowlers. Abhishek Srivastav (85runs) and Siddhesh Kinalekar (61) also fought hard but the lower middle order and lower order failed to capitalize as SPG were all out for with 343 runs. Left arm spinner Shreyas Gurav with 4/115 in 25overs was the pick of the bowlers for MIG.
MIG won the semi final by 150 runs and will face the equally powerful DY Patil in the finale.