Quality wicket-keepers are always hard to find and almost every team, be it at national, local or international level struggles to find a consistently great wicket-keeper and when youngsters like this 20yr old Mehboob shows such grit and quality perfomance on the field, it just shows some positive indications on the stock of talent which Mumbai and the India as a whole possesses. Played at Islam Gymkhana, Marine Lines on 24th September, it was a match between 2 experienced sides namely Apollo CC and Islam Gymkhana where in Islam Gymkhana surprisingly elected to bat first after winning the toss.
Batting first, Islam Gymkhana did got some early jitters and the pitch was also dicey as shared by wicket keeper batsman Mehboob himself “where the ball which you would try to defence, even who bhi upar se jaa raha tha”. They lost quick wickets at the top but it was Mehboob Shaikh at no.5 who scored a fearless and a match saving knock of 60 off just 46balls which included 5fours and 4sixes at a strike rate of 130.43. Shaikh also got good support from Jay Dave who scored 37 to help their team declare at 185/9 in 44.5 overs. From the bowling side, experienced slow left armer Nehal Katakdhond was the pick of the bowlers taking 4/57 in 11 overs.
In reply, Apollo CC made 100/7 in 40 overs where in opener Piyush top scored with 33 before the end of the game’s play and the match was declared drawn. It was a tough fight given by both the teams but it was wicket-keeper Mehboob from Islam Gymkhana with a match saving 60 and 2 catches who proved to be impressive. Cricketgraph congratulates Mehboob while wishes luck to both the teams for their upcoming matches.