The battle has been intense. Finally Gazi Group Cricketers have emerged as the champion of Walton Premier Division Cricket League. But who is the mastermind behind Group Cricketers Premier League title? What is the recipe of success of a team reformed just years ago? Gazi Group Cricketers can easily call it a ‘team effort’. A mix of youth and experience and collective endeavors from the players made it possible.
At one time, Gazi was flying high and started the campaign with 9 consecutive victories. Then they stumbled and Abahani and Prime Doleshwar caught them in the race. Eventually, Gazi emerged as worthy winner.
To be frank, the guidance has come from a bunch of players who have plenty of experience in the national team. Nasir Hossain, captain of the team, had scored 480 runs in this campaign. But the biggest surprise is his average, 240 in 8 matches. And he was out only two times. Mominul Hoque is also another seasoned campaigner and has amassed 584 runs in this year’s edition. His fellow mate Anamul Hoque is the most successful batsman nevertheless, scoring 596 runs. None of them are in the top five run scores of this competition, but they scored when it mattered. Another national cricketer, Jahurul Islam came handy for the team. He scored 470 runs, and most importantly won a couple of crucial matches for the team. Indian All rounder Parvez Rasool also got valuable 290 runs in the campaign.
Gazi’s bowling however depends heavily on one person. Abu Hider Rony also played for the national team, and showed potential to go a long way. This edition’s performance is another testimony to his capability. In the dry and sluggish wicket he has done a great deal as a pace bowler. Rony has finished the tournament with 35 wickets, the highest in this edition. He has taken 4 wickets three times. There is only another pacer in the top five most wicket takers, Al Amin Hossain from Prime Bank. Rony has mostly taken the burden of Gazi’s bowling.
But if Rony is the protagonist, there are other side actors. Indian all rounder Parvez Rasool has taken 19 wickets. Young off spinner Mehedi Hasan has taken 15 wickets. But his economy of 3.97 tells how much he has contributed to the team. Coach Mohammad Salah Uddin also deserves some credit for his guidance.
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