Taking into consideration various tournaments conducted all over Mumbai, the quality of the opposition, the intensity and the level of the game and the series, the wicket, the batting condition and match situation along with various other factors we at Cricketgraph come up with monthly rankings in batting, bowling and all-round performances in Mumbai.
The month of Feb which had big tournaments going on witnessed some really wonderful performances and it was difficult to shortlist and come into the top 5. In fact there were so many amazing performances even in the Top 5 Perfomances we could not hold ourselves but line-up 7 best batting knocks which stood out in Mumbai Cricket for the month of February 2018.
6th-Charu Todankar- 132 off 80balls (RHB), U/16 Future Star Trophy (Finals match)
Delivering in the finals under pressure situations is always tough but the young girl Charu Todankar showed real resilience and character smashing a superlative 132 which included 12fours and 7sixes which took her team Active Sports W.C.A to a big total of 261/8 in 42overs. SSCT on the other hand were all out for 149runs and Active Sports Women’s Cricket Academy won the finals lifting the trophy on the back of her blazing knock.
Joint 5th-Rohan Bhosale- 131 off 58balls, (RHB), Social Hero T20 Tournament ‘18
Playing at a strike rate of 260+, it was a pure treat for his team mates and spectators watching this talented batsman bat. Played between Ruparel College and Chetana College at the LIC cross maidan, Ruparel College’s decision to bat first was completely spot on as they managed to score 229/6 in 20 overs which is a very good score to defend in a T20. The major reason for such a big total was their opener Rohan Bhosale who spelled carnage over the bowlers smashing 131 off mere 58deliveries smashing 20fours and 5sixes. Playing at a strike rate of 226, Rohan did not spare a single bowler leaving behind his presence in almost every corner of the ground with his fours and sixes. In reply, Chetana college was all out for 93runs and Rohan who almost gave us a feeling of watching Afridi or Mccullum at the local level was declared ‘man of the match for that blazing ton.
5th– Suryakumar Yadav 134 off 85balls (RHB), Inter State One Day Tournament ‘18
One of the most talented prospects of Indian Cricket, Surya’s blazing 85ball 134*in the Inter State One Day Tournament which was fuelled with 11fours and 7sixes against Madhya Pradesh was a silent testimony of his abilities with the bat. The star player attacked the bowlers at a strike rate of 150+ which was a clear indicator of what could hit in the coming season of MPL as well as IPL. It was also on the back of his superlative 134* which helped Mumbai win the match by 74runs.
4th-Raunaq Sharma (RHB)- 178 off 141balls, Young Comrade Shield Tournament ‘18
It was a treat watching Raunaq score effortlessly yet being aggressive playing at a healthy strike rate. Played between Parsee Gymkhana and Islam Gymkhana at the PJ Hindu Gymkhana ground. Parsee Gymkhana elected to bat first. Even though they were off to a shaky start but all-rounder Raunaq Sharma who came in at no.3 played a gem of a knock smashing a superlative 178 off mere 141balls which took the game completely away from the opposition. Raunaq who smashed 21 fours and 7 sixes completely demolished the opposition bowlers with his counter attacking cricket stamping his class in almost every corner of the ground. The rest of the batsman played around him scoring 30”s and 40’s which took their team total to a healthy 369/10 in 69.1 overs. It was on the back of his elegant 178, Parsee Gymkhana won the match by87 runs as the equally strong Islam Gymkhana were all out for 282.
3-Ishan Mithbavkar- 125*(RHB), Chanawala Trophy 2018 (Finals)
It was the all important finals between Abbott CC and Omni CC where in Abbott CC batting first did a really good job notching up 262runs on the board in 40 overs for the loss of 5wkts. Abbott who did lose some early wickets got their innings back into the game as the talented middle order batsman Ishan Mithbavkar smashed a match winning 125 off 119balls which took the game away from the opposition. Ishan smashed 17fours and rotated the strike nicely while also engaged in a superb partnership with Shanatnu Chaudhary who scored 77 off just 59balls which took the team towards such a healthy target. Omni CC on the other hand were all out for 222 runs where in Abbott lifted the trophy and Ishan was rightly declared ‘man of the match for his super match winning ton.
2. Siddarth Chitnis (RHB)-123*off 98balls, Padmakar Talim Shield Semi-Finals
Four of the most prolific teams of Mumbai cricket clashed with each other to seal their spot in the finals. The 1st match was between MIG and Parkophene Cricketers at the Karnatak Sporting Association at Cross Maidan where in Parkophene Cricketers won the toss and elected to field first. MIG batting first hardly looked deterred as their top order chipped in with 30’s and 40’s but it was Siddarth Chitnis at the middler order coming at no.5 who saved the day. Right handed Siddarth smashed a superlative 123* off mere 98balls which took his team towards a very defendable total.
Siddarth delivered when it was needed and it speaks a lot about his cricketing character and resilience at the crease. Chitnis literally took on the bowlers smashing 9fours and 6sixes in his unbeaten knock which helped MIG post 289/7 in 45 overs. Chasing 290, Parkophene boys did experience the pressure of chasing at more than 7runs per over as they were all out for 217runs. Parkophene sealed their spot in the finals and it was on the back of Siddarth’s ton which did the job for his team.
& FINALLY THE NO.1
1. Atharva Sawant(RHB) -200 off 90balls, Singhania Tournament ‘18
The talent of Mumbai Cricket never fails to surprise us. Time and again gems are produced from young talented cricketers and it just renews the hope that Mumbai Cricket as well as Indian cricket is always going to be safe with a large pool of talent.
Played between two promising teams namely SVPT and BSMS at the Raymond Cricket ground. Saraswati English School team took the right decision to bat first as they made a mammoth total of 397/3 in mere 30 overs. Right-handed young prodigy Atharva Sawant who opened the innings took on the bowlers from the word go. The opposition bowlers were least aware about the carnage which was about to hit them as Atharva hardly spared any bowler attacking almost every ball which came by his way. Atharva who reached his hundred in mere 41deliveries converted his ton into a thumping double ton smashing 204* off just 90 deliveries in which he smashed 32fours and 6sixes which literally made everyone go in awe with this young lad.
The confidence at which he was batting and the way he was hitting the ball was surely an indicator of a very bright future ahead. BSMS school while chasing were bundled out for 64runs and Saraswati School fetched a big win by a margin of 334runs on the back of his ravishing double hundred.