All-Rounder Sairaj Patil stamps his presence in the T20 Salar Jung Tournament’21
Over the last few seasons, Sairaj Patil has been one player who has consistently impressed one and all with his big hitting abilities. The way he comes at the middle / lower middle order and provides those stunning cameos and many times even match winning knocks have been quite evident in some of the MCA tournaments conducted over the last few years. Whether his quickfire half centuries and quick cameos in T20 Mumbai or that 69 ball 113 in U23 One Dayers, time and again, Sairaj makes a strong case for himself.
In the recently concluded T20 Salar Jung Tournament, Sairaj played from Islam Gymkhana team which went on to become the champions in the tournament. Sairaj made a huge contribution to the team throughout the series alongwith young Musheer as Islam Gymkhana climbed up the ladder in the tournament. Sairaj who mostly batted at no.3 throughout the series notched up 244 runs in 4 innings at a staggering strike rate of 203.33 alongwith 16 sixes to his name.
In his very first game vs Muslim United Sports Club, Sairaj scored a 50 ball 90 which had 10 fours, 5 sixes. His brilliant 90 was followed by 33 ball 58 (4 fours, 5 sixes) vs Marwari CC followed by a match winning 37 ball 100 in the finals (12 fours, 6 sixes) coming at no.5 vs Muslim United Sports Club. What’s more, Sairaj also bagged 7 wkts in 4 games at an average of 16.33 with an econ just below 9.
Sairaj speaking with Cricketgraph shared “Due to the bio bubble in the Mushtaq Ali and Vijay Hazare trophy, I was eager for some game time and luckily I got it through playing salarjung tournament. The dominance mumbai team showed in the Vijay Hazare trophy was remarkable and which I personally took on myself that I should do that in every game I play as well so that reflected in my performance”
“Islam gymkhanas hospitality and culture was superb never felt like I was playing for a new team. I’ve played with most of the teammates so it was a great experience. For me, highlights were, i was made captain in the semis by the club while it was a special feeling to score a 37 ball 100 in the finals. My mindset was to win every game for my team single handedly be a game changer and a match winner”