Iqbal U14’s Aryan Ready’s all-round performance helps his side win in Pongal Cup’22

MV Rao Cricket Academy and Iqbal U14 locked horns against each other at Green View in Hyderabad during the Pongal Cup on January 10. Winning the toss and electing to field first, Iqbal U14 restricted MV Rao Cricket Academy to a modest 128-8 in 20 overs. In reply, Iqbal U14 chased down the target in 19.3 overs, winning the match by six wickets. Iqbal U14’s Aryan Reddy won the player of the match award for his stellar performance with both bat and ball. He was also declared as the best batsman of the match.

Opening the batting for Iqbal U14, Aryan, a right handed batter, scored 54 runs off 51 balls, including two boundaries and a six, at a strike rate of 105.88. Given his low boundary percentage, Aryan was more dependent on running between the wickets. He stitched an 82-run partnership for the second wicket with his captain Gprem (40), which took the game away from the opposition. The duo ensured that their team was in a comfortable position to win the match. Prior to putting up a scintillating show with the bat, Aryan, who is a right arm leg spinner, picked up 1-12 in his three overs, including 11 dot balls. He is eyeing a place in Hyderabad U14 team.

“The wicket was a bit difficult to bat on. There were some cracks as well as dew on the wicket. There was some odd bounce which did not make batting easy. My role was to be there and ensure that my team was home safely. While we lost our first wicket early, I partnered with my captain to steady the ship. I played every ball on its merit and punished the loose balls if there were any. Prior to my batting, with the ball, I picked up 1-12 in three overs. I used the conditions that suited the bowlers well.”, Aryan told CricketGraph.

Aryan Reddy is a good all-rounder and with good performances in tournaments like these, he can certainly make a strong case for himself in getting selected for Hyderabad U14 team.  He said, “I am training daily and also playing as many practice matches as possible. I want to be a good all-rounder and I want to represent my state team soon.”


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