At 35, Bengal’s Anustup Majumdar gets second wind, hits unbeaten century in Ranji Trophy semis
Written by Shamik Chakrabarty

Published: March 1, 2020 1:06:21 am

Anustup Majumdar celebrating his century. (Source: BCCI)

A story of two oldies; that was the primary day’s play in microcosm. Anustup Majumdar performed arguably the innings of his life to maintain Bengal in the sport. Abhimanyu Mithun bowled the ball of the day to take away Shahbaz Ahmed, when the left-hander was threatening to take the sport away from Karnataka. Majumdar is 35 years outdated and Mithun is 30. Old is gold.

In 2016, Majumdar resigned from his job at Indian Railways and returned to Bengal. The staff was in search of a reliable middle-order batsman after which Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary initiated the transfer to deliver Majumdar again, together with spin-bowling allrounder Arnab Nandi. Majumdar all the time had the sport, what he wanted was confidence increase. This time period, he benefited from Bengal head coach Arun Lal’s optimistic vibes and in addition a demanding pre-season that considerably raised the staff’s collective health degree. At 35, Majumdar appears combating match.

And he’s having fun with a second wind. In the quarterfinal in opposition to Odisha, his match-winning 157, coming at 46/5 in the primary innings, had been terrific. But Karnataka was a special ball recreation and on Saturday at Eden Gardens, the hosts had been reeling at 67/6 after being despatched in on a greenish pitch. They completed the day on 275/9, with Majumdar unbeaten on 120. Coming into the season, the senior batsman had seven centuries in 56 first-class matches. Into his 63rd match at this degree, Majumdar now has 9 a whole bunch. Back-to-back centuries in the quarterfinal and semifinal had been preceded by a 99 in opposition to Delhi.

But quitting a everlasting job was by no means simple. Majumdar did it as a result of he wished to play for his dwelling state. Here, at instances, he wasn’t given the backing that he deserved. But Majumdar held on. “I just kept working hard, kept motivating myself. There was no other motivation. Maybe, I have mellowed down and the sense or grief and frustration have lessened,” he mentioned after the day’s play.

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And what an innings he performed! The Bengal top-order failed but once more. Tiwary, too, fell cheaply. Both Sudip Chatterjee and Shreevats Goswami had been out leg-before, taking part in throughout the road. Majumdar, then again, executed his plans completely in opposition to the Karnataka bowling assault comprising Mithun, Prasidh Krishna, Ronit More and Okay Gowtham. All alongside, he was flawless.

Bengal took the assault to the opposition, when Ahmed got here and began taking part in fearless cricket. A particular supply from Mithun, from across the wicket, castled him – the ball got here in with the angle earlier than straightening. It might have gotten any left-hander out. But a 72-run seventh wicket partnership initiated the hosts’ fightback, whereas Akash Deep performed a stunning hand and added 103 runs with Majumdar for the eighth wicket. Both Ahmed and Akash, although, survived dropped probabilities.

Coming again to Mithun, aside from bowling a magnificence to Ahmed, he took two extra wickets to return as Karnataka’s most profitable bowler on the opening day.

Brief Scores: Bengal 275/9 (Anustup Majumdar 120 not out, Akash Deep 44; Shahbaz Ahmed 35; Abhimanyu Mithun 3/65) vs Karnataka.

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