Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Akhilesh Sahani over the moon after Mayank Agarwal wicket

Medium pacer Akhilesh Sahani not only went for fewer runs but also picked up the wicket of India international Mayank Agarwal.

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Akhilesh Sahani over the moon after Mayank Agarwal wicket

On Sunday, on a placid pitch where his teammates conceded more than 10 runs an over, medium pacer Akhilesh Sahani (2 for 39) not only went for fewer runs but also picked up the wickets of India international Mayank Agarwal and R. Sharath in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match.

"When I first went to the Arunachal nets for trials, the coach was unsure if I was a bowler or a batsman," Sahani says with a sheepish smile.

"He asked who is a top-order batsman and I put my hand up, and then he asked who can bowl pace and I said I can,  so I was asked to take up the new ball responsibility," he adds.

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The 24-year-old made his first-class debut against Meghalaya and has 118 runs from four matches with a high score of 65. He has played seven List A games for 208 runs and even has an unbeaten 102 against Nagaland.

Sahani has played seven List A games for 208 runs and even has an unbeaten 102 against Nagaland.   -  Special Arrangement

 

"The facilities back in Arunachal aren't great but we try to make do with what we have. Before we were inducted as permanent members, we just wanted to qualify for the Ranji once. Now that we have achieved this dream, we want to do more."

One of the biggest takeaways for most Arunachal cricketers, after one season of competitive cricket, has been workload management and a knowledge of how to better spend their off-season. Sahani's is no different.

"I'll play a few tournaments in Bangalore and depending on how well I perform,  I'll move to Palam in New Delhi. It's only when you play against players better than yourself that you realise the weak links and can work towards addressing them," he signs off.