Bowling on different pitches under different conditions is always a tough job. The bowlers have to adjust according to the pitch, the batsman & the whole match situation overall. It’s certainly a hardworking task where a bowler has to toil hard for hours until he is reaped with rewards.
Finally with a great response since we started from March, the April rankings are out & keeping the match situation, the pitch condition, the level of the opposition & many other things without getting unbiased, Cricketgraph has shortlisted these bowling spells amongst the best for the month of April. One more interesting trend which we noticed was the improvement in the quality of left-arm spinners which was once a rarity in India. Surprisingly 5 out of 6 players in April who came up with the best performances are left-arm spinners which is a very positive sign for cricket in Mumbai & India overall.
Once again there will be two joint holders in the ‘Joint 5th Ranking’ as we don’t want to miss out on any good perfomances & let them go unnoticed.
Joint at no.5
Soham Pitkar- 4/6 (U-16) SINGHANIA TROPHY
Left-arm spinner Soham Pitkar & his partner Naman Hiren took 7wkts together in this match and successfully defeated BSMS school. Representing Lokpuram School at the Raymonds Cricket ground which was a damp pitch, it was surely a commendable bowling perfomance as soham came up with envious bowling figures of 4/6 by Soham.
Aarush Patankar- 4/5 (U-16 SINAGHANIA TROPHY)
Left-arm spinner Aarush Patankar had bowled a wonderful spell giving away just 5runs & taking 4wkts against VPM school which eventually helped his team Billabong High school win the match which was played at the Raymonds Cricket Ground in Mumbai.
5. Hitesh Kadam- 5/20, 68th Salar Jung Tournament
It was a match which was quite important in its way because it was the crucial quarter-finals of the Salar Jung Tournament at Islam Gymkhana where Khizer shone with the bat while left-arm spinner Hitesh Kadam was the chief destroyer with the ball. Eventually his bowling helped Islam gymkhana team win the match over Young Friend Cricket Club & qualify for the semi-finals.
4. Mayank Gala- 5/30, Masters Cup
Mayank Gala zooms past above Hitesh Kadam because in the same match he had also contributed with the bat scoring a 30ball 45. In the same match Mayank dismantled the opposition with his right-arm spin taking 5/30 in his 4 overs helping his team Birla Sunlife defeat a quality side like Tata Motors at the Elf Vengarkar Academy in Oval, Mumbai.
3. Aarush Patankar- 5/32 (U-16) Singhania Trophy
Talented Aarush Patankar once again makes it to the list when he took a stunning fifer against Dnyansagar International School at the Raymonds Cricket Ground in Mumbai. Aarush came up with excellent bowling figures of 5/32 which strengthened his team’s position in the game & eventually helping his team win the game.
2. Nehal Katakdhond- 5/7, Samata Friendship Trophy
These were some stunning bowling figures by left-arm spinner Nehal Katakdhond where he conceded only 7runs in 4overs & took as many as 5wkts vs CCD to help his team Datamatics win the match comfortably at Asahi India Glass ltd. ground in Taloja.
& FINALLY THE NO.1
Nirek Gavand- 6/14, (U-16) Singhania Trophy
This little dynamo stands tall at no.1 in the April rankings as he stunned the batsman with his effective left-arm spin notching up one of the best bowling figures of the tournament as he scalped 6/14 in 4 overs at the Raymond Cricket Ground in Mumbai where he eventually helped his team Singhania school defeat Dnyanganga International school.