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Himanshu Sangwan (Image Credit: Google)
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Railways Sensation Pacer Himanshu Sangwan Credits Glenn McGrath For His Success

Recently, in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season (2019/20), Railways stunned everyone after beating the star-studded Mumbai at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai). The 24-year-old right-arm pacer Himanshu Sangwan was one of the stars in that game for Railways who destroyed Mumbai’s second innings. He has credited the legendary Australian pace bowler Glenn McGrath for his early success in the professional career.

It was the Round 3 stage of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20 (started on 25th December 2019), where Railways beat the 41-time Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai by ten wickets. After the Railways captain Karn Sharma decided to field first, Mumbai were bundled out for just 114 runs in the first innings. T Pradeep, who made the first-class debut this season, bagged six wickets (6/37) in that innings.

After Karn Sharma’s century (112*) and Arindam Ghosh’s 72 runs knock, Railways managed to score 266 runs in their first innings and had the lead of 152 runs.

Himanshu Sangwan became a star during Mumbai’s second innings when his dominating bowling helped to bowl out the hosts for just 198 runs. Sangwan had the bowling figures of 22-5-60-5. Earlier in the first innings, he had the bowling figures of 9-2-33-1.

Himanshu Sangwan
Himanshu Sangwan (Image Credit: Google)

Later, Railways chased down the 47 runs target in the fourth innings without losing their wickets. While the skipper Karn Sharma won the Player of the Match award, experts are also praising Himanshu Sangwan.

After the end of the Round 3 of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20, Himanshu Sangwan took 12 wickets. He made the debut in professional cricket in the ongoing domestic season. He has played three first-class matches, eight List A games and five T20s, where he picked up 12, 14 and three wickets respectively.

Glenn McGrath is my idol – Himanshu Sangwan

In March 2019, Himanshu Sangwan spent a short time at the MRF Pace Foundation. During that stint, he met with his idol Glenn McGrath who gave him important advice. Sangwan has admitted that those advices are helping him a lot in the Ranji Trophy.

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Glenn McGrath (Image Credit: Google)

He told TOI, “I take inspiration from Australia legend Glenn McGrath. He is my idol. I learnt a lot from McGrath during my stint at the MRF Pace Foundation. I was there for a short camp in March (2019). He used to watch my videos and tell me the areas where I should improve. He is a legend of the game. He told me one thing – ‘when in trouble, go to the basics’.

“I bowled many deliveries under his (McGrath’s) supervision and he was taking notes. After every session, he used to motivate me and tell me technical things. ‘Stick to the basics and stay patient’ – these are the two things I will always remember from McGrath. Honestly, his guidance is helping me a lot in the Ranji Trophy.”

Himanshu Sangwan revealed their preparation to handle Mumbai cricketers

During the Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai, Himanshu Sangwan dismissed the international cricketers Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane in the third innings. Sangwan revealed their pre-game planning before that match.

He said, “We had a team meeting head of the Mumbai match. Our coach said we are not underdogs. We also have good batsmen and bowlers in the team. He said don’t think who is on strike. Whether it is Rahane or Shaw, go and bowl in the right areas. We bowled in the right areas and we got the success against a top team like Mumbai. It was a magnificent feeling to beat a top team and that too in their own den.”

Himanshu Sangwan also shared how he picked the wickets of Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane in that match.

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Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane (Image Credit: Google)

He added, “I knew Prithvi is an attacking player. He will always look to attack. So I didn’t panic and bowled in some specific areas, with change of pace. This worked well against Prithvi. But when Rahane came to the crease, the thought of him being one of the best Test batsmen in the world crossed my mind. He is India’s No. 3 and vice captain of the Indian Test team. I bowled in the right areas and wanted him to play the outside-off- stump deliveries. That’s how I got him. I had plans for both Rahane and Prithvi.”

Himanshu Sangwan also credited his coach and captain for his success. He also praised his fellow right-arm pacer T Pradeep who took eight wickets in that Mumbai match, including 6/37 in the first innings.

Sangwan said, “My coach Harvinder Singh sir and captain Karn Sharma have helped me a lot. They sit and make plans and those plans have worked well in our favour. In my opinion, our bowling attack is capable of doing wonders against top teams. Our matches against Mumbai and UP are examples of this. I am getting a lot of support from my fellow pacer T Pradeep. He is a talented bowler.”

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Tripathi eyes to cement his spot. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.
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Watch – Rahul Tripathi, Divyang Himganekar Combine to Take Best Ever Domestic Catch

Maharashtra skipper Rahul Tripathi pulled off a miraculous effort at the boundary ropes in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 while playing against Railways. Tripathi who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League came up with a staggering effort at the boundary. It was the last ball of the match when Railways needed impossible 22 runs.

Railways tailender Manjeet Singh swung hard but Tripathi was able to flick the ball back to Divyang Himganekar after jumping to successfully take the one-handed grab. The scoreboard will show that Divyang Himganekar took the catch but the effort which was made by Rahul Tripathi was stellar.

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Rahul Tripathi

It was an outstanding effort.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra had gone on to win the match against Railways by 21 runs. Maharashtra had posted 177 in their 20 overs after Railways skipper won the toss and elected to bowl first. Rahul Tripathi could not hit the ground running as he was run out for two runs.

Maharashtra wicketkeeper-batsman Nikhil Naik top scored as he scored 95 runs from 58 balls with the help of four fours and eight sixes. Naushad Shaikh scored a good knock of 59 runs from 39 balls laced with six fours and two sixes. Both of them added an alliance of 119 runs for the third wicket partnership.

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However, Railways could not chase down the target even after their openers provided them with a good start. Mrunal Devdhar and Pratham Singh had added 68 runs for the opening stand. However, the Railways kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Subsequently, Maharashtra will lock horns with Karnataka in the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy today at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.

Meanwhile, Rahul Tripathi had batted at the top of his game in IPL 2017 while playing for Rising Pune Supergiant. The right-hander had scored 391 runs in 14 matches of the season. However, he could not repeat the same performance while playing for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018.

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