Springfield Rizvi skipper Akash Luthra had a pay a sum of Rs 19,000 in his bid to play the Harris Shield final against IES Raja Shivaji, Dadar yesterday. The lad had been busy representing Mumbai in the Under-16 tournament held in Kerala. He asserted that it was extremely important for him to play in his Schoolâ€™s final game in the tournament.
He left his Mumbai team-mates behind and flew in alone to lead his side in the Harris Shield final. â€œLast couple of days has been absolutely crazy. I desperately wanted to play for Rizvi in the final and Iâ€™m glad I reached just in the nick of time,â€� said Akash who reached Mumbai on Monday evening while rest of his team members arrived yesterday.
And he made his presence felt immediately as his gritty knock of 82 helped the defending champions to post a competitive total of 259 in their first innings of the Four-Day final being played at the Cricket Club of India, Churchgate. He was well supported by Rugved Insulkar (88) as the pair added a vital 147 runs for the fifth-wicket.
Story & Video By - Husain M Zaidi,MiD-DAY