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'It still hurts but I play'

india Updated: Jun 05, 2008 17:51 IST
Heena Zuni Pandit

RAJINDER BISHT'S all-round effort (83 off 48 balls and 3-28) helped LB Shastri drub DDCA by nine wickets in the Lala Raghubir Singh tournament here on Monday. Batting first, DDCA posted 132 runs, with Bisht and Darshan Kajania taking three wickets each. For DDCA, Lovely Tomar's cameo inning of 32 (32 balls) was the only bright spot. It was a day when LB Shastri wicket-keeper Saleem Ansari gave a superb performance, stumping two and taking a fine catch. At 18, Saleem displays maturity beyond his years. He is composed and calm and knows his job well. "I love keeping. My gloves are my all-time partners," said Saleem.

He started taking his cricket seriously at the age of 13 and after that he has never looked back. Known as the most talented and hard-working keeper among the younger lot, Saleem has been grossly unlucky when it has come to playing for the state. "Last year I could not play for the state because of an injury in my left hand finger," he said. "It still hurts but I play."

Brief Scores:

DDCA 132 all out (L. Tomar 32, S Tiwary 26; R Bisht 3-28, D Kajania 3-24) lost to LBS 133 for 1 (R Bisht 83, S kher 25 not out); VJCC 167 all out (P Suneja 42; V Tyagi 3-16, Bablu Kumar 3-23) beat ITC 150 all out ( V Tyagi 47; A Singh 3-27).