Snehal shows grit in transition to Ranji

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Snehal Kauthankar proved his transition from juniors to the seniors was not as difficult as it is usually thought to be. Roped in for the seniors after doing well in the under -19 teams last year , Snehal kept cracking runs and repaid the faith kept in him by the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) selectors and president Chetan Desai.

Snehal did not find a place in the playing eleven in the first three Ranji Trophy ties. When he got in on the fourth occasion he kept belting the ball and his 339 runs scored in six matches and eleven innings left him with an average of 37.66. Snehal’s highest score was 101.
“Snehal made a smooth transition . It is not easy to perform the way he did. Many plays falter but Snehal maintained his consistency . He has shown tremendous potential and it looks like he has cemented his place,” stated former Ranji captain and GCA manager of operations Prashant Kakode.

Goa came sixth in the group of nine .The team coached by Hrishikesh Kanitkar managed eighteen points from eight matches. Saurashtra topped the group with thirty six points while Tripura came last with three points.

Captain Dheeraj Jadhav, Rituraj Singh and Prashant Parmeshwaran were the three players brought in to help bolster Goa’s performance. Dheeraj Jadhav , who was brought in for his batting prowess , failed to impress with the bat or even lead the team admirably as captain. Dheeraj’s contract was not extended at the end of the Ranji ties.
“Hrishikesh Kanitkar was actually thought of being brought in as a player for Goa because of the manner he performed and brought Rajasthan up. He suddenly announced his retirement from cricket. That was the time chetan and the rest thought of utilising him as a coach,” a senior member of GCA told The Navhind Times.

As far as wicket keeping is concerned, the Goa team is now back in the right track with Keenan Vaz taking over a role that he has few challengers.

Goa did not have proper medium pacers with Harshad Gadekar being out due to injury. Hence the presence of Rituraj and Parmeshwaran. Rituraj claimed 25 wickets in twelve innings at an average of 27.24 while Parmeshwaran contributed with 16 wickets in 13 innings at an average of 36.06. “ There was little Goa could do without these two players after Harshad was ruled out. Rituraj , in particular , played a good role for Goa.

Snehal Kauthankar is not in the Goa one dayers squad due to an injury he sustained. “ Snehal is under rehabilitation. He will be beack soon. He is being constantly being evaluated by our physios. There is nothing much to worry. It is to reinforce his throws from the boundaries that he is taking treatment,” disclosed Prashant.

Batsmen who did well
Swapnil Asnodkar– Played 8 matches , batted in 14 innings and scored 762 runs at an average of 58.61.
Highest score: 232

Sagun Kamat– played 8 matches ,batted in 14 innings and scored 602 runs at an average of 50.16.
Highest score:163

Darshan Misal-Played 8 matches , batted in 13 innings and scored 474 at an average of 43.09.
Highest score:106

Snehal Kauthankar– Played 6 matches and batted in 11 innings and scored 339 runs at an average of 37.66.
Highest score: 101.

BOWLERS:
Amit Yavdav– Played in 6 matches and played 10 innnings .Claimed 25 wickets at an average of 23.12
Rituraj Singh– Played 8 matches and played 12 innings . Claimed 25 wickets at an average of 27.24
Shadab Jakati– Played 8 matches and played 13 innings . Claimed 26 wickets at an average of 30.
Parmeshwaran– Played 8 matches and played 13 innings. Claimed 16 wickets at an average of 36.06.

(Courtesy-The Navhind Times)

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