Starting off as a leg-spinner and lower-order batsman in Pune, Milind Gunjal rose to become a key batsman for his state’s Ranji team, Tata Sports Club and PJ Hindu Gymkhana on the Mumbai club scene. He rubbed shoulders with the best names in Mumbai cricket and came close to being picked for India’s 1986 tour of England. He revisits his up and down first-class cricket journey which culminated with Maharashtra reaching the Ranji Trophy final against victors Punjab in 1992-93.
Runs by the tons at the junior level caused the Mumbai Ranji Trophy selectors to pick Pravin Amre as a teenager in 1986-87 for a knockout match. While he didn’t set Bangalore on fire in a lost game v Karnataka, he decided to shift to Railways on the advice of his coach Ramakant Achrekar. His new team provided no bed of roses, but he scored enough runs to be picked for India in 1991-92. The following year he got a Test debut ton against SA at Durban. A Mumbai return was part of his destiny and after ending his FC career with Goa, Amre took to coaching. Success as Mumbai coach decorates his cricketing CV, but donning the Mumbai coach’s cap seems unlikely. In this podcast, Amre opens up on his struggles, highs and lows. His story is nothing short of inspirational.
Hailing from Dombivli, Nilesh Kulkarni worked his way up the ranks to represent Mumbai at the junior level before going on to become the Ranji Trophy team’s go-to spin bowler, playing under the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Sanjay Manjrekar. He played a big role in several Ranji Trophy triumphs for Mumbai, but the 1996-97 one, whose final was played under floodlights in Gwalior, will remain special. As will the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Marvan Atapattu off his very first ball in Test cricket in 1997. Kulkarni dwells on his beginnings, his Test career and how he was mentored by English fast bowling great Frank Tyson through a bowling scheme in the early 1990s. He also talks about how he made his post-cricket career meaningful by opening a management institute.
India's ex-wicketkeeper, Kiran More played domestic cricket for Baroda, but he came to Mumbai to be part of the inter-office and club cricket circuit. He talks about how inter-office matches were like wars between teams and attributes his India selection to the experience of 'keeping to Mumbai stalwart Padmakar Shivalkar in the Tata Sports Club side. More also dwells on his rivalry with friend and Mumbai stalwart Chandrakant Pandit, for a spot in the Indian team.
Mumbai’s ex-batsman Jatin Paranjape turns back the clock to how he was introduced to the tough yet exciting world of Mumbai’s club cricket by being part of the Dadar Union Sporting Club, before graduating to U-19 cricket for India and a Mumbai Ranji Trophy call-up. An ankle injury proved a spanner in the works a few games into his India ODI career in 1998, but doors opened in the corporate field before becoming a national selector, followed by a post in a BCCI committee to pick the current national selection committee.
Pradeep Sunderam, who claimed all 10 wickets in an innings for Rajasthan in the 1985-86 Ranji Trophy season, is a Mumbai cricket product. He talks about his exploits in the Kanga League and how Sunil Gavaskar displayed what commitment is by landing up at the ground a few hours after arriving from an international tour. Sunderam also reveals how he was not included in the Indian team at Leeds in 1986 despite being in England and a stand-by for that tour, when Chetan Sharma got injured. After his fast bowling career, he coached in Mumbai and Rajasthan.
Currently, coach for the senior Mumbai team, former Mumbai Ranji Trophy captain Amol Muzumdar talks about his cricketing highs, lows, a phenomenal 260 on his first-class debut for Bombay in 1993-94, and his experience of playing under some of the best names in Indian cricket - all spelt out in an anecdotal fashion.
From Rangeela to Aag, uncover stories behind the making of RGV's Bombay cinema. The maverick director and producer indulges the listeners with priceless anecdotes from some of his best known works in Bombay and films.
11 June,2021 02:03 PM IST
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