BS Sandhu takes five-for, matches senior Sandhu's debut effort
Balwinder Singh Sandhu (Jr) claims 5-66 to match former India seamer Sandhu's effort on debut at Wankhede in 1980
Mumbai's Balwinder Singh Sandhu (Jr) bowls on Day One of the Ranji Trophy match against Punjab. Pic/Atul Kamble. Inset: Balwinder Singh Sandhu (Sr)
Sandhu (Jr) is also a right-arm swing bowler and took 5-66 in 26.2 overs to put Mumbai on top. His teammate Kshemal Waingankar claimed three wickets to help Mumbai restrict Punjab to 226. Bipul Sharma was top-scorer for the visitors with 68. In reply, Mumbai were 22 for no loss at the end of the first day.
Senior Sandhu, who mentored Sandhu (Jr) for a brief period during his formative years at the Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers ground in Chembur, was all praise for the 24-year-old lad. "I am very happy for him. He is hardworking and his efforts over the years are paying off now. It is a good sign for Mumbai cricket that youngsters are performing," Sandhu told MiD DAY yesterday.
The 1983 World Cup-winning member, however, wants Sandhu (Jr) to be more aggressive in his bowling. "He seemed to be a bit low on self belief earlier. I am sure his confidence will be boosted after this performance. I want to see him bowl more aggressively.
He is a very talented guy," added Sandhu, who had taken 5 for 59 to rip Gujarat apart in the first innings and came back to take 4 for 35 in the second essay way back in 1980. Bombay (as it was called then) won by an innings and 40 runs. Sandhu (Jr) was a touch embarrassed when he was informed about similarities with his one-time mentor.
"It is nice to know that our performances match. But please, don't compare me to him. He is a great cricketer and I am just developing. I never dreamt of taking five wickets on debut. I was waiting for this opportunity after bowling in the nets all this while. I am just thrilled now," he concluded.