One of the most intenseful months of the year i.e December 2017 was equally a commendable one for the bowlers too where they single handedly helped their team win the matches. Some bowling spells came at a time where the teams needed them to fire and these bowlers just proved their class coming up with exceptional perfomance during crunch situations.
After a grueling session of shortlisting where there were more than 100 5wkt hauls all over Mumbai, our team finally came up with the top 5 which stood out in Mumbai Cricket for the month of December 2017.
Joint 5th-Pravin Tambe- 7/57- Purshottam Shield Tournament ’17, Right-arm spinner
One of the best leg-break bowlers of India and also one of the most experienced bowlers of Mumbai cricket who was picked up by the Rajasthan Royals in IPL at the age of 41 purely on the basis of talent in 2013- Pravin Tambe keeps on raising his class with his effortless spin bowling. Even at this age he is giving young players a run for their money and one of his recent exploits came in the Purshottam Shield Tournament ’17 where he single handedly ran through the batting line up of Muslim United to fetch his team a great win.
Played at the iconic DY Patil Stadium, DY Patil opted to field first & restricted Muslim United to just 78runs all out and we all know the major reason for that destruction. It was Tambe who came up with 7/57 in 10.1 overs. DY Patil chased down the score in mere 10.2 overs and won the match comfortably on the back of Tambe’s bowling.
5th– Ashwin Shelke- 5/9, Dreamz T20 Tournament, Left-arm spinner
The spinner who bamboozled the batsman with his effortless spin in Kanga, the spinner who was amongst the leading wicket takers this year in Kanga continues to yield his magic in the Dreamz Tournament too as he again came up with match winning bowling figures to steer his team towards a thrilling win.
Played at the Oval Ground vs Deutcshe Bank CIB, United Patni were made to bat first as they made 128/6 in 20 overs which is not the biggest of scores to defend. However, Shelke helped his team defend even such a low total as he came up with amazing bowling figures of 5/9 in 4 overs which restricted Deutsche Bank to just 70runs. United Patni won the match & it was surely Ashwin who was responsible for that win.
4th– Prithvi Salian- 7/17, Jolly Cup 2017, Right-arm leg spinner
13yr old Prithvi Salian has been a talented prodigy right from his early days. His bowling action, his line and length and consistency at which he bowls has always impressed even the critics and he proves it in a recent match where he came up with simply amazing bowling spell which helped steer his team to a big win.
Played at the Jolly Gymkhana Ground in Mumbai between Fatima High School and RN Gandhi School where in Fatima school won the toss and elected to bat first since they have a good batting line up. Batting first, Fatima Boys made a good total of 249 in 35 overs which is quite a competitive total to defend. RN Gandhi chasing were in for a shock as they were skittled out for mere 50runs on the back of Prithvi’s 7/17 in 5.3 overs. Fatima High school won the match by a big margin and it was Prithvi who caught everyone’s attention with his terrific bowling.
3rd– Sharik Baloch- 8/14, Vasai Colts Under-16 Tournament, Off-Spinner
Well Sharik is already a known face now in Mumbai cricket with his bowling exploits and this is also not the first time he is getting featured for his perfomance. Such has been the progress of sharik with the ball that he keeps on impressing at regular occasions to keep his stakes high. Sharik’s latest exploits came at the right time as it was the finals of the Vasai Colts Under-16 tournament in Mumbai.
Played between National English High School and MGPM school at the Chimaji Appa Cricket Ground in Vasai, National CC won the toss and elected to bat first as the wicket had something for the batsman. Batting first, National School made 152/9 in 45 overs which was definitely not the best of the scores to defend. Howewer, National School had their trump card in Sharik who even made a total of 153 difficult. Sharik once again bamboozled the batsman with his wily off spin. Sharik came up with match winning bowling figures of 8/14 in 14 overs. What’s more his 8wkt haul also included a hat-trick as he single handedly demolished the MGPM’s batting line up helping his team win the match by 53runs.
2nd– Bakul Shah- 7/18 in a T20 match, Masters Cup, 2017, right-arm off spinner
Played at the Vengsarkar Academy at Mahul, this match witnessed bowling figures by a talented bowler which is a rarity in t20’s. Bakul Shah came up with a 7wkt haul in a t20 match which allows only 4 overs to the bowlers which means he took a wicket on every 4th ball he bowled.
Trafigura who won the toss elected to bowl first and their decision seemed to have worked completely as they restricted ICICI to just 118runs in 20 overs with their openers top scoring with 20’s. The bowler who inflicted maximum damage and single handedly ran through the entire batting line up of ICIC was medium pacer Bakul Shah as he came up with amazing bowling figures of 7/18 in 4 overs. Right-arm off spinner Bakul kept on giving important breakthroughs and hardly allowed anyone to settle with his excellent line and length which reaped rewards not only for him but also for his team. His team chased down the score successfully and won the match by 4wkts where Bakul was declared ‘man of the match’
& finally make way for the no.1-
1st– Chris D Britto- 8/8, Giles Shield Tournament 2017, left-arm spinner
Cricket never fails to amaze us. Time and again we come across matches and individual performances which are just too hard to believe. But that’s the beauty of the game and that is also the reason the game is surviving and evolving since more than last 100 years. One boy who has taken all the batsmen by storm is this little chap Chris who has been bowling consistently well throughout the tournament. Just fresh from a 5wkt haul he took in the last match, chris comes up with a bang with another 8wkt haul to grab everyone’s attention.
Played at the Sunder CC, Cross maidan between Parle Tilak English Medium School and Don Bosco High school, Parle Tilak won the toss and elected to bat first. Their decision did not turn out to be the best as Parle Tilak were all out for 131/10 in 52 overs. On the other hand, Don Bosco notched up a decent total of 232/9decl in 71 overs where in Nutan Goel top scored with 46 at the lower middle order while Dhawal from Parle Tilak took 3wkts.
Batting in the 2nd innings, Parle Tilak were least aware of the storm which was unleashed on them as their left-arm spinner Chris Britto came up with match winning bowling figures of 8/8 in 9.3overs(7maidens). The tight bowling coupled with excellent line and length enabled chris to single handedly demolish the entire batting line up of Parle Tilak which eventually helped his team Don Bosco win the match by an innings. Chris has certainly been a revelation with as many as 28wkts so far in the Giles Shield.