We have heard about back to back hundreds, Gavaskar, Dravid, Azharuddin, Ganguly all have done that in their test careers, but have we heard about back to back double hundreds in cricket? Yes! Sumit Ghadigaonkar just did that in the ongoing police shield tournament where he scored a breath taking 204ball 229 just a week ago and has followed it up with a yet another swashbuckling ton vs Islam Gymkhana at the MIG Cricket club.
MIG CC had won the toss and elected to bat first as they have a strong batting line up. Right handed opener Sumit Ghadigaonkar once again started his innings in typical fashion counter attacking the bowlers from the very 1st over. Sumit whose batting approach in test format reminds us of Nathan Astle and Sehwag to some extent went on to score his consecutive double hundred scoring 200 off just 186balls which included 21fours and 3sixes. What’s more he got an equally aggressive partner at the middle order in the name of Siddarth Chitnis who also scored a magnificent 164 off mere 127 deliveries. Both the boys stitched a match winning partnership of 299runs in a really quick time. Right handed Siddarth who came in at no.5 smashed 14fours and 8sixes to enthrall his team mates and the spectators alike. Also not many know that Siddarth is a proven cricketer who has played for Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians & Rajasthan Royals in IPL. Off Spinner Shoaib Khan bowled well as he was the pick of the bowlers taking 5/140 in 19 overs. MIG CC declared their innings at 472/8 in 70 overs.
Islam Gymkhana in reply were bundled out for 248 runs where in all-rounder Shoeb, in-form Hashif and wicket keeper batsman Mehboob Shaikh chipped in with half centuries. Off spinner Ankush Jaiswal was accurate and impressive with the ball as he took 5/38 in 12.2 overs which did the maximum damage to the Islam’s batting line up. MIG CC won the match comfortably but it was Sumit, Siddarth and Ankush who impacted at large and grabbed the attention. Cricketgraph congratulates MIG CC while wishes luck to all the players for their upcoming matches.