11 yr leg-spinner old Arya Sagare emerges a surprise package in open age Chanwala Trophy’21

Every now and then, the sport of cricket blesses us with new emerging faces who go on to play at higher levels. You talk about Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Jaffer, Vinod Kambli and so many other names, these players stamped a mark for themselves from a very young age itself coming up with brilliant performances every now and then in the most challenging tournaments.

One such small example was witnessed a few days back in Chanawala Tournament at the New Era Cricket Club wicket in Mumbai. Cricket Explained team batting first almost suffered a batting collapse had it not been their opener Harsh Shrawage scoring a gritty 89 runs off 103 balls (13 fours ,1 six). Apart from him, the team registered as many as 4 ducks with not a single batsman managing to score in double digits. Swapnil Bare with 4/5 in 6 overs alongwith 2 maidens was simply unplayable while Akshay Bhatia with 3/10 was equally impressive.

Defending a total of 136, the pressure was certainly on Cricket Explained bowlers. XFF Cricket Academy were bundled out for 97 runs in 23.2 overs courtesy Cricket Explained Team’s little master Arya Sagare. To expect an 11 year old to win a game is a little too much but Arya showed everyone yesterday that size, age and height doesn’t matter as long as the hunger to win and perform well exists. Arya returned with impressive bowling figures of 4/26 in 7 overs decieving batsman almost twice and thrice his age with his impressive leg-spinners. Apart from him, Shakti Kumar and Akshay Thakur bagged 2 wickets each.

Cricket Explained Academy won by 36 runs while little Aarya won the “Man of the Match” award for his heroics. With this win, Arya earned respect for himself and his team from the opposition as well as from the organizers.

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