Best Bengal | Sports News,The Indian Express
Written by Nitin Sharma
| Patiala |

Published: February 15, 2020 2:45:21 am


Best Bengal  Bengal’s Shahbaz Ahamad completed with a 11-wicket match haul. (Express picture by Harmeet Sodhi)

At the tip of the second day, after he had taken a profession greatest seven-wicket haul in Punjab’s first innings, the left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahamad shied away from the Bengal coach Arun Lal. He had bundled out Punjab for 151 however Bengal had collapsed to 199 for 9 at stumps. A No.eight batsman, Ahamad had received out to a rash shot and felt he had let down Lal, a backer of his batting skills. Lal’s hopes of setting a much bigger goal was hit and he evaded Ahamad for 25 minutes earlier than chiding him for his shot. On Friday, chasing 190, Punjab had recovered from 37 for five to succeed in 100 with out additional loss earlier than Ahamad took three extra wickets – 4 in all – to push Bengal by to the knockouts.

His 11-wicket match haul was a significant contributing issue within the triumph – Manoj Tiwari’s 73 and 65 within the two innings have been priceless in fact – and he was paraded on the shoulders of his team-mates when Lal gave a congratulatory pat on his again. In the final match, Ahamad had made his highest first-class rating (61* towards Rajasthan) and now delivered a match-winning contribution with the ball.

Valuable strategies from R Ashwin throughout Deodhar Trophy earlier within the season has helped his bowling. “Ashwin bhai told me to work on the finishing aspect of my action and that has helped,” Ahamad says.

Chasing 190, after Bengal simply added three runs extra within the morning, Punjab had recovered from 37 for five to succeed in 100 with none further loss. It was then that Ahamad, who had taken the fourth wicket, dragged Bengal again, taking three extra to bundle out Punjab for 141.

Bengal had begun their protection of the 190-run goal strongly, with the seamer Akash Deep putting twice in fast time. When Arnab Nandi eliminated Rohan Marwaha Punjab have been reeling at 5 for three in 5.1 overs. Shahbaz Ahamad broke the 26-run stand between Punjab captain Mandeep Singh and Krishan Alang, a spinner who was promoted to bat at No. 5. Ahamad had trapped Mandeep lbw.

However, Punjab rallied by debutant Ramandeep Singh and Anmol Malhotra, transferring from 37 for five to 100, when Ahamad stepped up. To counter the stiff winds that was upsetting his rhythm, he modified ends on the recommendation of his group members and struck along with his first ball, trapping Malhotra lbw.

“We had a discussion at lunch time and the team thought I should bowl from the club end as the wind was hampering the ball’s planned trajectory. Once I got the wicket of Anmol Malhotra, we knew that we are back in the game and wickets fell,” Ahamad mentioned. “The wicket was getting a bit slow and I knew that we, spinners, had to make extra effort as the ball wasn’t bouncing as much as it did yesterday.”

Ramandeep, who was out for zero within the first innings, fought exhausting with an unbeaten 69 however it didn’t show sufficient. He added 21 runs with Abhishek Gupta after which 14 for the ninth wicket with Sidharth Kaul however the final two batsmen have been run out off successive balls, and that was that.

“Yesterday, Arun Lal sir wanted me to carry my momentum in my batting too but I got out to a rash shot. He didn’t speak to me for some time afterwards. Thodi dant bhi padi thi baad main (he chided me later),” Ahamad says with a smile. Claiming Mandeep Singh’s wicket twice within the match and eradicating Anmol Malhotra within the second innings chase was the excessive level for me from the match.

Born in Haryana

Ahamad grew up in Shikrawa village in Nuh district in Haryana with a cricket-loving father Ahamad Jaan, a clerk in a sub-divisional Justice of the Peace’s workplace. Jaan would bowl for hours to his son earlier than Ahamad graduated to taking part in in native golf equipment. He would later commute 78 kilometres each day in bus to coach with coach Mansoor in Gurgaon on the Teri cricket floor. Sometime in 2015, on the recommendation of Haryana participant Pramod Chandela, Ahamad shifted his base to Kolkata to play membership cricket.

“I used to play in village as a mediumpacer but coach Mansoor told me to start bowling left-arm spin as I didn’t have much pace. But when I didn’t break into Haryana teams, a player Pramod Chandela bhai told me to try my luck in Kolkata. My father also agreed with that decision, asked me not to worry as the shift was to realise my dream. And when I made it to Bengal Ranji team last year, my family was so happy; they would call every day to ask about the matches,” Ahamad mentioned.

He performed simply two matches final season, choosing up two wickets, however he has carried out persistently this season. He has taken 29 wickets and scored 216 runs that features two fifties. His unbeaten 61 within the final sport helped Bengal chase a 320-run goal with two wickets to spare towards Rajasthan. His choice to Deodhar Trophy, the place he had chats with Ashwin, after he had taken 4 wickets and tallied 197 runs, together with 100 towards Tamil Nadu, in a sport in Vijay Hazare match.

“I have always spent time on my batting and playing for Bengal meant that I got chance to train under Arun Lal sir, VVS Laxman sir and Joydeep Mukherjee sir and it helped my batting. The fifty against Kerala had come on a difficult track and the pitch in the Rajasthan match too was a turning track.”

Ahamad watches a variety of movies of Ben Stokes as he desires to emulate by contributing with each bat and ball. “I am happy that my batting has also helped the team and I keep watching Ben Stokes videos to make my belief stronger that I can help my team like he does in every department. I also keep talking with my friends Pramod Chandela, Arun Chaprana and Rahul Tewatia and we often share inputs about each other’s game.”

The coach Lal is assured concerning the knockouts. “We are a flexible team and with Ishan Porel back, we have more options. Manoj Tiwary’s experience always helps young players and we hope this team can win big this season,” Lal mentioned.

Brief Scores: Bengal : 138 and 202 all out in 69.three overs (Manoj Tiwary 65, Arnab Nandi 51; Krishan Alang 6/53, Siddharth Kaul 2/37) received by 48 runs towards Punjab : 151 and 141 all out in 47.three overs (Ramandeep singh 65 no, Anmol Malhotra 17, Mandeep Singh 17; Shahbaz Ahamad 4/44, Akash Deep 2/17, A Nandi 1/22, Ramesh Prasad 1/46).

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