TWO BHOPAL cricketers did the City proud by playing key roles in the State team’s sensational two-run victory over Rajasthan in the first match of the under-15 Polly Umrigar Cricket Tournament that concluded in Indore on Friday
Vikrant Singh and Aditya Shrivastava put up outstanding performances as Madhya Pradesh defeated Rajasthan. Both have been coached by J P Tyagi at Ankur Academy, Bhopal.
Also, it was perhaps unprecedented that six players from Bhopal were selected in the 15-member State team in this age group. The other four players that were selected in the team are Shreyas Singh (captain), Shivam Chaube, Zaid Khan and Usman Ali. Usman is being trained at the St Michael’s Cricket Academy (SMCA). SMCA coach Syed Shakeel Mohammad felt that the players would repeat the performance in rest of the matches.
Vikrant Singh proved his mettle by scoring 111 runs. His invaluable innings helped the team score 259 runs. After the good work by Vikrant Singh, Aditya shone with ball, scalping five important wickets, which helped MP register the thrilling two-run win.
On being asked, their coach Tyagi said that Vikrant and Aditya have been performing outstanding cricket. “These boys are the future of Bhopal cricket. Their immense potential made them different from others”, said the happy coach. Vikrant Singh had scored a century in the inter-division cricket match played against Jabalpur.
Lauding the efforts of coach Tyagi and both players, Bhopal Divisional Cricket Association (BDCA) vice-president Aruneshwar Singhdeo said that these players set an example to the other cricketers of the City that never miss an opportunity. “It is the combination of good coaching by Tyagi and excellent performance by Vikrant and Aditya that the State team won the first match”, said Singhdeo.
On being asked about losing the first match by Senior Division team against Jabalpur, BDCA secretary Dr Shafquat Mohammad Khan said that the need is the team effort. “I have noticed individualism in the senior players that should be avoided”, said Khan. However, he said the poor facilities provided by the Jabalpur Division were the main reason of losing the match.