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Know Mumbai "Khadoos" cricketer Hiken Shah who was suspended for making "corrupt approach"

As the news broke out of Hiken Shah’s “corrupt approach” to his Ranji teammate Pravin Tambe just before the IPL 8, there was a shock and disbelief prevailed in Mumbai cricket fraternity after BCCI suspended the left-handedbatsman.     

“It’s a shocking piece of news for me. We can’t still believe that Hiken could be involved in such a thing,” said a stunned Mumbai Cricket Association joint secretary Dr PV Shetty told PTI.

Did at any point in time he found something suspicious in Hiken’s behaviour?

“Never ever. I always found him to be a good sincere boy. At this point I would not like to comment as BCCI will carry out a complete investigation,” Dr Shetty said.

In fact the news is yet to sink in for many who have seen the cricketer from close quarters.

“It is another shocking piece of news. When Ankit Chavan was found guilty of spot-fixing, I found it difficult to believe that a boy like Ankit could have been involved in such a nasty act. Now it’s Hiken, who was this quiet unassuming boy,” a former Ranji player from Mumbai said.

Career graph of Hiken Shah

Match

Innings

Not out

Runs

HS

Average

100s

50s

37

57

6

2160

170

42.35

6

8

A Gujarati boy, Hiken was one of those quintessential players who slogged it day in and day out in confines of domestic cricket.

“A decent left-handed batsman with loads of patience. He was a typical Mumbai “khadoos” (a term for gutsy fighter in Mumbai cricketing lingo) cricketer. He was not very talented but cemented a permanent place as his 37 first class matches would suggest. His batting was effective without being attractive,” the former Ranji cricketer added.

In a season when Mumbai was struggling in Ranji trophy, especially because of their batsmen many young cricketers made the cut into the team, Hiken, who made debut in 2007, was an experienced hand. The 31 year old got this chance because of his interuniversity cricket and scored gritty century in his second game against Orrisa. However, he lost his slot from the team as senior batsmen packing the top order. In 2013 Hiken played 170 runs innings against Odisha at Mumbai during Group A Ranji match.     

What people in Mumbai cricket fraternity are finding tough to understand is as to what drove him towards this criminal act.

Hiken had a government job with Mumbai Customs which he represented in Times Shield.

In Kanga League, he played for Payade cricket club owned by PV Shetty. Input from PTI

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