Former India U-19 & Mumbai batsman was back on the Kanga League circuit on Sunday after recovering from a blood clot in his brain earlier this month
Manoj Joglekar, the former Mumbai Ranji Trophy and India under-19 batsman, was back on the field playing the Dr HD Kanga Cricket League on Sunday after enduring a blood clot in his brain earlier this month.
Joglekar was in Bangalore for a seminar for domestic match referees at the National Cricket Academy on September 4 when he felt giddy and suffered a blackout. "I was feeling very giddy and could not move the left side of my body," he revealed.
On Sunday, the left hand batsman captained Bhatnagar Sports and Cultural Foundation against Rajasthan Sports Club in the 'C' division of the Kanga League at National Cricket Club, Cross Maidan and Joglekar put all his experience to use by bailing out his team from a tricky situation.
Chasing 125 for the crucial first innings lead, the 40-year-old southpaw came in at No 7 with the scoreboard reading 71 for five.
Manoj Joglekar plays a shot against Rajasthan SC on Sunday. Pic/Bipin Kokate
He scored an unbeaten 26 off 35 balls with four boundaries to ensure Bhatnagar got the important lead. "It was a tough situation and I am happy we got over the line. I am feeling a bit exhausted and should be fine for the next match," he said.
Appreciating the timely treatment he received in Bangalore, Joglekar remarked: "I am really thankful to the staff of NCA and the BCCI for all their help. A few minutes here and there, and things could have been different."
After spending two days in the Intensive Care Unit, all Joglekar was thinking about was getting fit and featuring in the Kanga League.
"I just wanted to get back on the field. My passion for the game was one thing that was really pushing me for an early recovery. "We have a young team this year. I have to guide them and lead from the front," he said.