Sudip's maiden ton keeps Bengal on the frontfoot
6th June 2022
Youngster Sudip Gharami hit his maiden first-class century today as Bengal piled up a commanding 310/1 on the first day of Ranji trophy quarterfinal against Jharkhand today in Bengaluru.
Gharami spoke after his maiden first-class century for Bengal: "Very happy to score my first ton for Bengal. My aim was to play my natural cricket. My team backed me when I went out to bat, Easwaran, Anustup guided me during my innings, helped me understand better what the situation is demanding. I took some time at first, wanted to understand the wicket and then play my shots."
"Wicket was good. There was help for the pacers but we batted well to put up a good score, took advantage of the loose balls. Want to give my all and win the trophy for Bengal," he added.
Ghrami who showed fine temperament to hit 13 boundaries and 1 six during his unbeaten 106-run knock which came off 204 balls got crucial supports from his experienced teammates skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran and Anustup Majumder.
Bengal head coach Arun Lal said after the first day's play: "Very happy with team's performance. Sudip is a very special player. He's very unassuming, quite, loveable guy, real team man and I have never heard a complaint from him. To me he's the future of Bengal criket and among top five fielders in the country right now. He's a special batsman, got terrific technique and once he finds his confidence he's going to be a huge thrust going forward for Bengal cricket. He didn't do well in three games but we still backed him because we believed in his talent."
"Raman and Abhimanyu did the real hard work after we lost the toss. The wicket had something in it for the fast bowlers but they batted very well."
"Anustup is a champion player. I was pretty upset that a player of his calibar didn't get a hundred in the three matches despite being the highest scorer for us. Now am expecting a double hundred, not only a hundred. I want to bat full day tomorrow, that's the plan for now," he added.
Put to bat first Bengal opening pair added 88 runs to lay the foundation for a big score till Abhishek Raman retired hurt on 41 with a back spasm while skipper Easwaran went back scoring a gritty 124-ball 65.
Bengal Director-Cricket operations Joydeep Mukherjee gave updates about Raman's injury: "He is fine now, had a back spasm. Out physio Adipta Das worked hard on him and got him ready. He Will bat tomorrow."
During the third-wicket partnership between Gharami and Anustup 178 runs were added off 299 balls as the senior batter remained unbeaten on 85.
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