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Sanyal stars for Railways

‘Be selfish’ isn't advice you'd expect from a seasoned campaigner. But faced with the 419 runs that Railways made in their first innings, Himachal Pradesh’s most experienced player, Sarandeep Singh, wanted his batsmen to play for themselves, reports Khurram Habib.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2009 23:21 IST
Khurram Habib

‘Be selfish’ isn't advice you'd expect from a seasoned campaigner. But faced with the 419 runs that Railways made in their first innings, Himachal Pradesh’s most experienced player, Sarandeep Singh, wanted his batsmen to play for themselves.

“If they occupy the crease and go for a big individual score, the team will gain,” said the off-spinner, who bagged 7/120 on Wednesday, his best figures in Ranji Trophy.

With Himachal crawling to 34/0 in 20 overs the openers have already made their stand clear. Railways, however, wouldn't have been able to reach this 400-plus total but for Sanjeeb Sanyal. They lost Yere Goud (58) early. But Sanyal (92) played a stroke-filled innings, with 13 fours and a six, to take the team to 400.