Nirdesh Baisoya emulates Anil Kumble's historic feat in U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy

He also bowled 10 maiden overs.

Nirdesh Baisoya | Shillong Cricket Association/facebook

Off-spinner Nirdesh Baisoya achieved a rare feat on Wednesday (November 6), as the teenager matched the feat of the legendary Indian spinner Anil Kumble by grabbing all 10 wickets in an innings in a U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy match between Meghalaya against Nagaland.

Kumble made the history in 1999 when he finished with the magical figures of 10/74 in 26.3 overs including 9 maiden overs in the second innings of Pakistan in the Delhi Test which helped India to win that match by 212 runs.

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The 15-year-old who originally hails from Meerut, returned with incredible figures of 10/51 in 21 overs with 10 maidens while playing for Meghalaya as a guest player to bowl Nagaland out for just 113 on Day one. He was happy after achieving the rare feat, saying it was a dream come true moment for him.

Nirdesh told IANS, “It’s yet to sink in. I was not born when Anil Kumble picked up 10 wickets, but I heard a lot about it. I always wanted to do something like that, never thought it would happen so early in my life. I just spoke to my parents and they became emotional as well.”

The young spinner continued, “I had picked six wickets by the first session. That is when I started to believe that I can go for all 10. My teammates backed me a lot. There was turn on the pitch since morning and the overhead conditions also helped.”

He signed off, “It was a dream come true for me and I never expected this. I have to keep working hard as I have a long way to go. I am just 15. I want to make my family, sisters, brothers, and parents proud.”

Noteworthy, the ongoing season is Baisoya’s second season in the U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy where he has already snared 27 wickets in just four matches. In the last season, he managed 33 wickets from six matches.

(With IANS Inputs)


By Rashmi Nanda - 07 Nov, 2019

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