You will find many youngsters with the best excuses to run away from practice and then comes players like Abbie who even at the age of 50 can give you a run for the money. Former India Cricketer Abey Kuruvilla who has played 82First Class Games with 280wkts and has represented India in 10 Tests and 25ODI’s under Azharuddin playing alongside Sachin in the 90’s with a fifer vs West Indies at Bridgetown still manages to give his best in cricket. Such is the passion he has towards the game, he plays with full humbleness in the D Div of Kanga league with the same enthusiaism which he had two decade ago.
The 6ft 6inch soft spoken humble giant who was the tallest player to represent India recently played at Cross Maidan representing Pandurangwadi CC.
Young Friends CC batting first were all out for 159runs in 55.2overs with Abey being the pick of the bowlers taking 4/36 in 25.2overs with as many as 10maidens. Ashwin Shelke who was amongst the top wicket takers last year also bowled well taking 4/37 in his 13 overs. Pandurangwadi team who were 82/5 at one point received a much needed push by Abey who came at no.6 to score a belligerent 87 off mere 58balls. What’s more the tall right-hander made full use of his height & power smashing 9big sixes much to the entertainment of his team mates taking the team total to 191/7 d in 49overs which helped them win the match on 1st innings lead.
It was a satisfying day on the ground for Abey where he reminded everyone of his heydays while his 86 & 4wkts also looks much similar to the comeback man Jadeja’s 86* and 4wkts vs England in the 5th test which is going on right now!