I take this time to introduce two of the legendary teams in our college. With so many talented players(described below) on both sides, the contest was always going to be close.
Captained by Sagar Mohane.
Sagar Mohane is a legendry figure in our college history. He had extra-ordinary capabilities of bowling fast and enormous wides. But to his credit, it never stopped him from opening the bowling for his team despite several howling voices from his team members and specially the wicket keeper. On the flip side, he was a reasonable lower order slogger batsman and was very effective in lowering the defeat margin. Last heard, he was in UK, targeting the coaching staff of one of the counties but was thrown out for bluffing his credentials
Vinay Suri: Sagar's right hand. A dependable allrounder. Used his height to good effect while bowling and could extract bounce from even a desert pitch. Unfortunately, it was the only thing he was good at. Famous for misfiring every now and then. He almost took catches and almost effected run-outs while fielding at short cover. Last heard, he was practicing book cricket with scary and thick MBA books.
Rahul Singh:Nicknamed 'macchar', he was unarguably, the most dependable player of his team. He was imminently successful in getting the important wickets by confusing the batsman with his unusual bowling action. While batting he was the perfect example of how to hit in the gaps and steal singles and get the non-striker run-out.
Saurabh shukla: aka 'sahay'(After the lead role of Mr Bachhan in Black). He caught Alzheimer's disease quite early for his age, but it did not stop him in performing on field. The perfect multi-tasker. He juggled his antics between volleyball and cricket pitch at the same time and sometimes, true to his character, caught the big volleyball and shouted 'CAUGHT'!!.
Vivek Dwivedi aka Pandit: The tearway fast bowler. And like any other genuine fast bowler, his appearances on the field were few and far between. But, unlike, injuries being the reason of the others, boozing and philosophizing, were, where he preferred to spend more time with.
Amit Chaure: The swing bowler. Had a very aggressive run up for his height. His major weapon of deceiving the batsman was bowling the ball well outside off stump and just when the batsman thought its going to be wide, the ball cut back in sharply. The batsman got himself out in frustration.
Amit Gupta aka 'The Wall' : He did a great work of playing all the deliveries which were not aimed at the stumps without any footwork. Feed him a slower one on the stumps and it seemed that he has started to prove electrical theorems in his mind due to so much time the ball took to reach him and in the process, became so blank, that bat moved only when the ball has hit the timber.
Apart from this core team members, they tried to attract many fringe players from here and there and unsurprisingly, never failed to produce a playing XI.
Captained by Kumar Shringar Sah aka frastu aka Captain
Captain: Could have been easily warming the bench, but alas he voted himself captain by a secret ballot by bribing few of his associates with suttas and samosas.. An opening fast bowler, like his counterpart, but unlike him, he was punished for being accurate. Specializes in giving perfect half-volleys. Quite renowned for hitting big sixes by stepping down the pitch, but fortunately for the opposition bowlers, it rarely came out in a match or it came too little and more often than not, too late.
Swapnadeep Ganguly aka Ganguly: The BIG man. Attacking left hander and very strong on the left side. On an off day on the field, used to bully the opposition by his big build and threatened them of not sharing the 'sutta' and subjecting them to face painting.
Jonathan Talukdar aka Jona: The elegant left hander opener. Perfect example of Class and no substance. Did not believe in Running between the wickets and his inability of clearing the field meant a non-scoring session when ever he was present at the crease. Took an early retirement and took refuge in long period of boozing in his lonely room and pondering at the talent gone stray.
Samiran Routry aka 'batakh': An eternal non-performer. But he made up for this by continuous chattering. Had a great mind and even claimed to apply the concept of civil engineering on the construction of cricket pitch and it took a lot of persuading on our part that let the pitch be in its present form and shape.
Saurabh Sinha aka Sinha aka Coach: True to his name. Almost always warmed the bench. But he was never short of ideas in any situation and believed in smart work rather than hard work. So he always threw the ball to the end which was nearer rather than where it was needed. A bundle of energy but it was only in display while saying ,'Arre yaar!!'. Often gave shoulder to Jona for crying.
Jainthai: This is his name and not a nickname. His talent never came fully fledged. Never got too many balls to play because the above legends ate too many balls upfront. He was talented bowler though on the lines of Manoj Prabhakar. He is known best for almost pulling off a superb one handed diving catch in a pressure situation match. He got all the stick after we lost that game.
Kapidhwaj Pratap Singh aka Kapi: Only came for playing, when he was taking a break from his studies, the Gold Medalist that he is. Had a fast run up and and a good bouncer. Had a very good footwork too while batting but his 'moody' attitude got ahead of him and was last seen verbally giving Sagar a piece of his mind in a secluded corner of college canteen.
Kumar Bibek aka Pope aka Psycho: He was preceded by his reputations of being a brilliant fielder. But he forgot that his reputation was build when he was still playing in gully cricket. On an open ground, he was as alive as fish without water. His shots always found the fielder and he claimed that he is deceiving them and said the balls will go between the fielders, when they will least expect it. That moment never came.
Anuranjan Roy aka Roy: Came to play only when he could not sleep. He was more surprised than us, when his shots went through the gaps. We sent him to open the innings as he gave an assured start of not losing the wicket in the first over. Never mind the maiden over.
Sidharth aka 'Ghoda': Used to run like he is taking a stroll in the park. His special delivery was inswinging yorkers on the leg side. He was called to bowl only when the result of the match was beyond our control.
Vijay Kumar (aka viju aka 'Sudan'): He made one shot his copyright. Hitting high above mid on and then getting caught on the boundary line.
Vishal Jain aka Chidi: Medim pacer. Loves Giving room outside off-stump.
Gaurav Kumar: Always gets room outside off-stump from the bowler because he never hits them.
Gaurav Jha: Perfect example of how to swing and miss.
Well, as for me..how can I praise myself in front of so many extra ordinary performers above. Lets just say, I was the Jack of all the trades and master of none. I was the right hand version of Dirk Nannes in bowling action, the wicket taking ability of Ajit Agarkar and with a luck of Joginder Sharma.
Mo match can commence and most importantly finish without an umpire.
To balance the temperamental nature of the players we had chosen the umpire carefully, mild natured Devanand like Anshul Wankhede. For his own good, he considered our proposal to officiate atleast a dozen times, but then decided against it as the matches were too low standard for him. We stole his diary from his room one day which read:
'Medically unfit for even umpiring. Will not be able to stand for more than 17.5 minutes'.