Rohit Desai couldn’t have asked for a better debut. The 13-year-old off-spinner claimed a fifer as Mumbai U-14 dominated proceedings on the opening day of their West Zone three-day game against Gujarat at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday.
Off-spinner Rohit Desai took 5-51.
The visitors were bundled out for 150 thanks largely to Rohit’s efforts, after Mumbai opted to field after winning the toss. The hosts then ended the day at 131-2 — trailing by merely 19 runs. Although Arjun, son of Sachin Tendulkar, gave the team its first breakthrough by claiming the wicket of Tanush Gosai in the 11th over, it was Rohit who shone with the ball.
Mumbai’s Arjun Tendulkar reacts after taking the wicket of Gujarat U-14 opener Tanush Gosai during their West Zone league game at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday. He took 1-17 in five overs before going on to hit 36 as the hosts finished Day One on 131-2. Pic/Bipin Kokate.
“I was hoping to do well, but I never imagined it would be a fifer on debut. At the moment, I am just too happy to think about anything else,” Rohit said. Having restricted their opponents, Mumbai were off to a flying start. Openers Arjun and Ritik Sharma smashed the Gujarat bowlers all over the park.
Arjun, who was dismissed for 36, accumulated 32 runs in boundaries, while his partner hit six fours in his 33-ball 29. However, skipper Vaishnav Narvekar (batting 16) and Hasheer Dafedar (batting 39) ensured no more damage.
Sachin Tendulkar made a surprise visit to meet his son Arjun on the eve of Mumbai’s first league match against Gujarat on Thursday. The legendary batsman had come along with his wife Anjali to the Garware Clubhouse to submit Arjun’s birth certificate, it is learnt. “He had come late in the evening. Earlier, only his mother was supposed to come, but it was surprising to see Sachin,” a source told MiD DAY.