There are two types of batsman, one who make noise with fours and sixes, gain instant fame with their aggressive style of batting and much of the cricket revolves around them as long as they are present at the crease. Second are the ones who come in, bat around those players, silently anchor the team, hit those crucial cameos when not too many overs are left, the kind of knocks which often goes unnoticed. When india had batters like Sachin and Sehwag in ODI’s, we also had players like Kaif, Robin Singh and Ajay Jadeja who used to be the silent assassins with their crucial cameos at the middle and the lower middle order coupled with their electric fielding. All-rounder Gaurav Jathar mildly falls in the 2nd list of cricketers where his valuable contributions many a times would often get dwarfed with the presence of bigger stars and more glamorous performances!
Over the years, all-rounder Gaurav Jathar has given exciting performances, whether being a part of a record 251 run Stand for the 2nd wicket in A Div Times Shield with Kevin Almeida where he brought his maiden Times Shield Ton, whether it was taking 6/66 in 86 overs with 46 maidens vs Punjab in the finals for U17 Mumbai team, whether being part of the highest 7th wicket partnership of 128 runs with Neelkanth Parab in the U17 league or smashing 300 runs alongwith 25 wickets in the Cooch Behar Trophy. It was on the back of his consistent all-round show he went on to represent India U19 team which toured Australia, South Africa & New Zealand (World Cup).
Gaurav post representing India U19 in World Cup has also played for Mumbai Colts and Senior Mumbai team in T20 and One Dayers. Apart from that, he has also played for Sobo Supersonics and Arcs Andheri team in T20 Mumbai where one of his knocks define the story of his cricket career – a calm and composed 27* off 19 balls which included two boundaries in the last two balls of the over alongwith an unbeaten 28 ball 54* partnership with Azhar Ansari which had helped his team Arcs Andheri pull off a thriller this season even though the highlight performances of the match were two big half centuries from both the sides- the kind of performance which defines a large part of his cricket career where his contributions under pressure often gets dwarfed by the big boys with bigger knocks . Even in various MCA Tournaments, he has always been a helping hand with the bat.
Gaurav who started playing at the age of 6 is trained under Coach Amar Vaidya Sir and Padmakar Shivalkar Sir while he is thankful to his family who has supported him in his journey throughout. Being a true blue Mumbaikar, his ultimate aim is to represent India in Test Cricket and we certainly wish him all the luck for a promising career ahead.