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Debutant Milind makes Haryana bowlers worry

cricket Updated: Nov 05, 2011 00:49 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
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In this age of slam-bang cricket it is not often that one finds youngsters who are ready to play the waiting game and build their innings. However, that determination was on display for the second consecutive day in the Delhi-Haryana Ranji Trophy tie at the Roshanara cricket ground.

This time it was Delhi debutant Milind Kumar who showed the kind of application which many current youngsters may regard as old school.

Milind stayed at the crease for more than four hours to make an unbeaten 84 to help Delhi finish the day on 214 for three, trailing the visitors by 79 in the first innings when play was called off seven overs before the close on the second day due to insufficient light.

The 20-year-old came at the fall of opener Unmukt Chand's wicket in the tenth over, after the latter misread an in-swinger from Sachin Rana that crashed into the stumps.

From ball one, Milind never gave the impression he was playing his maiden first class game. It was also impressive that Delhi's U-22 skipper didn't throw it away after being set like Haryana's Abhimanyu Khod (68) did on the opening day.

Milind didn't panic even after experienced batsman Shikhar Dhawan was caught behind and skipper Mithun Manhas departed, for 16 and 29 runs respectively.

Playing strokes mostly along the ground on both sides of the wicket, his 12 boundaries reflected his range of shots.

After Manhas was caught at forward short leg against debutant spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, Milind and the experienced Rajat Bhatia have added 98 runs so far for the fourth wicket.

"I didn't feel that much pressure as I have been scoring consistently in junior cricket, and just did not change my game today," said Milind.

If a possible century on debut played on his mind, Milind didn't show.

"It is certainly better than being out for 84. Tomorrow also, I will not look at the scoreboard and not get too cautious."

As the game progressed and Haryana looked to go through the motions, Bhatia too capitalised on the loose deliveries to score yet another half century.

Earlier, Haryana could add just 37 more runs to their overnight total as Pradeep Sangwan and Parvinder Awana wrapped up the tail quickly. Sangwan completed a five-wicket haul, his fifth such effort in Ranji Trophy.