Double ton-up Milind high on Sikkim

Sikkim batsman Milind Kumar does the incredible, smashes two double hundreds in consecutive games.

On Tuesday, Milind Kumar’s 215-ball 224 against Nagaland comprised 31 fours and three sixes.   -  FILE PHOTO/AKHILESH KUMAR

 

Milind Kumar has done the incredible by hammering double centuries in two consecutive matches of Ranji Trophy. The all-rounder, who shifted from Delhi to Sikkim this season, smashed 224 against Nagaland on Tuesday.

This comes a few days after his knock of 261 against Manipur in the inaugural match of the season. “I did not even think of scoring another double century. All I wanted was to stitch a partnership and help the team. I am happy that I could do it,” Milind told Sportstar from Dimapur.

Before moving to Sikkim, the 27-year-old Milind has featured in 29 first-class, 51 List A and 41 T20s for Delhi. The eight-year experience in domestic cricket helped him dominate the bowlers.

The all-rounder admitted that the snub by Delhi selectors motivated him to perform better this season.

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“It was disheartening when I was dropped just after a couple of bad games. This is not the way you treat someone who has been in the team for quite a few years and had even performed consistently. Just a couple of poor shows and you are out of the team. It was quite a sad thing for me,” Milind said.

Talking about his new team, he said, “This is a young team, so our responsibilities are more and I am enjoying it. I love taking responsibilities and perform, so this stint has been quite good for me so far. The only objective is to ensure that I contribute to the team’s success and play to my abilities.”

Milind also suffered a blow on the personal front when he lost his mother in June. Usually, after every game, Milind and his mother would share thoughts over the telephone.

“I was shattered and did not know how to go about it. Even today, I miss her so much. After every innings, she would make it a point to speak to me over the phone and would motivate me. This time, even as I enjoy success, I cannot share the happiness with her,” an emotional Milind said.

To ensure that he stays motivated, Milind now relies on daily meditation. “That has helped me immensely. I can now handle any situation,” he said.

Milind's knock helped Sikkim gain a solid 195-run lead in its first innings. Nagaland — in its second innings — is 98 runs behind with five wickets in hand.