01 Apr 1974 ( 46 yrs )
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ALL STARS , HSI LIONS , MALABAR HILL CLUB , MALABAR STRIKERS , SMASHERS , V M FIGHTERS , TIGERS
|School Dads Cricket Championship|
|Mumbai Club Cricket Championship|
|MCC 40+ Championship 2019|
|MHC Practice Games|
|PJHG 125th Celebration T20 Cricket Tournament 2019|
|MHC 40+ Big Bash League 2019|
|MHC Summer T20 League 2019|
|Quadrangular Series - 2019|
|Bayside Sports School Dads Cricket Championship - 2019|
|Bayside Elite Club Championship|
|MALABAR HILL CLUB|
|V M FIGHTERS|
"The only (area of improvement) I can think of is having a consistent effort on the field with energy and intensity, especially in high-scoring game. If we can be consistent as a fielding side, it can give us more consistency overall in our skills department as well. In the field, we can still improve a lot. "
With the likes of Rajiv Gokani, Manan Shah, Gautam Parolia, Vishal Kalantri, Anish Bhansali, Dhanesh Chheda and Mahavir Shah, HSI Lions have set themselves standards higher since 2013.
"We have spoken to the people in the practice sessions who need to do the extra effort to sharpen their fielding, and they are putting in that extra effort", Rajiv adds. "That is the only area we feel we can get better at. Obviously, batting and bowling are big variables. Fielding is something that is controllable and you need to get that from all the 11 players in the field. I certainly feel we can improve quite a bit in that department."
Despite losing the round robin matches, HSI LIONS will walk into the bronze quarter final contest believing they can turn things around. All games have followed a similar pattern where HSI have lost the games in the death overs but individual performances got them close.
At the Central Railways ground, the task is pretty straightforward for the team. They need their batting unit to fire in unison and need to find a way to control the leaking runs at the death. Rajiv Gokani and the think-tank need to find better alternatives in the final few overs and the HSI captain could well be the answer. Despite losing his prowess with the ball, Rajiv still has the variations to keep the batsmen in check.
With the track expected to be another batting beauty, HSI Lions will be desperate for a performance from their bowlers. Individual brilliance have threatened opponents but its now entirely going to be a team effort if they need want to win.
What to expect: No weather hindrances expected in the day as the fans can expect a lot of fireworks from the batsmen at a venue with pretty short boundaries.
A spectacular Anant Roongta power-hitting showcase was not enough to lift HSI Lions out of a pit of the middle-order's making, though it did fill the chase of 200 with much more explosive fun than it promised when HSI Lions were 40 for 4. Anant wallopped 7 sixes and 5 fours on his way to 84 off 48 balls. But with 40 still needed for victory, Roongta mis-hit a length ball from Kamlesh Shah, from where Parag Shah sprinted to complete an excellent catch.
In the end though, their dramatic middle-overs collapse, in
which HSI Lions had lost four wickets for 10 runs, proved to be the definitive
period of the game. Anant's heroics, at least, were further evidence that he is
a vastly improved batsman compared to the last season. A 5th wicket
partnership of 120 runs between Rajiv Gokani and Anant Roongta kept the chase
Akshay Chadha struck a 49-ball 72, putting on a 132-run
stand for the first wicket with Avanish Shah 68 from 44 balls, that formed the
base for JBCN United's commanding total.
HSI Lions effected one run outs in the innings, but even
that didn't quite make up for their lack of menace in the middle overs again
dropping catches, misfielding and giving extras. JBCN first team to qualify for
Summary: JBCN United 199 for 5 (Akshay Chadha 72, Avanish Shah 68, Neesham 64) beat HSI Lions 174 for 8 (Anant Roongta 84, Rajiv Gokani 36, Kamlesh Shah 3-38) by 25 runs
This year's MHCCL will be as grand as the previous season given that teams have been allowed to retain 2 of their players but it doesn't mean, it wouldn't throw up some interesting combinations and selections.
The team to watch out the most during the tournament is RROCKETS. A new owner & a complete new team this year.
Last year's defending champions VMFighters play RRockets in the opening game on 22 Jan 2019 at the Central Railway Cricket Ground, Lower Parel.
The most expensive players in this years MHCCL are the ones to be watched out for: Krish Jogani, Rishil Shah, Rupen Jhaveri & Aadit Parikh.
Some of the top players who are featuring in the MHCCL this year include Sohil Shah, Amit Photographer, Vishal Shah, Saurabh Jhaveri, Rishabh Shah, Manan Shah, Karan Doshi, Vineet Dujodwala, Kyan Bharucha, Ronak Seth, The Gokani brothers - Rajiv and Vishal, Bhairav Seth and many more.
Some of the biggest names in MHCCL world cricket have changed hands for huge amounts of money during the auction as teams try and put together a winning combination of players.
MHCCL auction results: (http://auction.baysidesports.com/League/LeaguePlayers/63) .