Jasprit Bumrah’s friend Chintan Gaja stuns Saurashtra in Ranji semis
Written by Devendra Pandey
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Published: March 2, 2020 11:40:28 pm


Chintan Gaja was the star with ball for Gujarat on Day 3. (Source: Twitter/BCCIdomestic)

If not for Gujarat’s Chintan Gaja, Saurashtra might properly have ended Day Three pondering they’ve reached the Ranji Trophy remaining. Such was his impression with each bat and ball. Gujarat had been sinking at 155/8 in their first innings in response to Saurashtra’s 304 however Gaja, batting at No. 10, slammed 61, taking them to 252. Then, he ripped out Saurashtra’s batting order, lowering them to 66 by taking all their 5 wickets that fell.

Saurashtra now lead is slender at 118 and so they had been left ruing at if-only-there-was-no-Gaja state of affairs. Saurashtra might nonetheless have absorbed Gaja’s batting efficiency however they had been knocked down by his bowling. His 5 wickets got here in seven overs for simply 15 runs, and Saurashtra had been left licking their wounds by stumps.

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“Somewhere I felt that Saurashtra got a bit relaxed after first-innings lead,” is how Gaja assessed the injury wreaked by his bowling. Add to it, a touch of the level-headed philosophy of “it was just my day” and Gaja’s dreamy day at cricket was full.

And lots of exhausting work, clearly. He had ended the final season not all that blissful in regards to the drop in tempo, particularly in the second and third spells. He hit the fitness center to repair the endurance difficulty. There remained, although, the niggle of lifting his ability units. Being Jasprit Bumrah’s friend helped.

Prior to this home season, he sought out Bumrah, who had come to coach with the Gujarat crew. The friendship dates again to the Under-19 teenager days.

“I asked him how to bowl according to different pitches; what kind of little changes I needed to make. He talked about my seam position and how the ball was landing. I worked on it. I try to land most deliveries on seam as it once lands on it, the ball skids and no batsman knows where it will head afterwards.”

Awareness of what one of the best bowlers in the nation had been doing does assist. Like watching Mohammad Shami. “His seam position is perfect and that’s what I am trying these days,” Gaja stated.

The low season hardwork paid off as Gaja managed to persistently hit the seam on the massive day. He additionally stored pinging the fourth-stump line. Out of his 5 wickets, three had been caught behind the stumps, one bowled and the opposite caught at short-leg. “It was about bowling in right areas, the fourth stump line. The first innings also I tried the same but things didn’t go as expected.”

No one in his crew was shocked by his batting, although. He used to open in college cricket in Ahmedabad and has triple hundred below his belt in junior cricket. However, as his cricketing profession progressed, he turned the brand new ball bowler and batting took a backstage. “When I wasn’t finding the middle of the bat. My role was to give strike to Rujul but later on I was told (by team management) to play my natural game, so I then took my chances,” Gaja stated.

His 61 had 4 sixes and 6 fours and he added 87 runs stand for the ninth wicket with Rujul Bhatt, who made a gradual 71 off 212 balls. Considering how badly Gujarat high order fared in the primary innings, this sport isn’t over but however with out Gaja’s intervention, it will have been over a very long time again.

Brief Scores:

Saurashtra 304 and 66/5 (Chetan Sakariya 32 batting, Chintan Gaja 5/15) v/s Gujarat 252 (Rujul Bhatt 71, Chintan Gaja 61; Jaydev Unadkat 3-86). Saurashtra lead by 118 runs.

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