The five players who starred with both bat and ball in T20 Mumbai.ttmum
In the shortest format of the gentleman’s game, the role of all-rounders cannot be understated as they help provide the perfect balance to the squad, doubling up as the auxiliary bowler while also playing lower down the order and making the maximum of the death overs. This season in the T20 Mumbai league, there were several talented cricketers who performed that role efficiently, starring with both bat and ball.
Here is our list of the top five all-rounders from Season 2.
Purchased for big money at the auction, Sujit Nayak showed his worth come the competition by emerging as the leading run scorer for the NaMo Bandra Blasters, while also ending as second highest wicket-taker, just one behind fellow left-arm spinner Aditya Dhumal. He scored two explosive fifties to resurrect his side’s top-order batting failures, with the Blasters winning one of their encounters against the Shivaji Park Lions thanks to Nayak’s half-century. With the ball in hand, he was captain Shreyas Iyer’s golden arm in tournament, picking up two wickets apiece in both the opening games.
The left-arm spinner was exceptional this year with his new team Aakash Tigers Mumbai Western Suburbs, especially with the bat. He was their second highest scorer in the tournament despite batting at six or seven for the majority of the games. He scored a brilliant 60* off just 31 balls in the game against champions North Mumbai Panthers, to ensure the Tigers chased down the daunting target of 170. With the ball in hand, he was used to curb the opposition scoring rates and kept a tidy economy rate of 7.09 despite bowling in the powerplay overs. Mulani also picked up three wickets in the tournament.
Season 2 of T20 Mumbai was a tournament to remember for southpaw batsman and leg spinner Parag Khanapurkar, who never had a dull game, performing with either ball or bat every time he took to the field. He was the second highest scorer for the SoBo SuperSonics, finishing just 13 runs behind the captain Jay Bista. He started off the competition in great fashion, scoring 96 runs in the opening day game against ARCS Andheri. With the ball, Khanapurkar averaged a wicket every ten balls while also maintaining the best economy rate for his side at 6.36.
Heading into the second season, the ARCS Andheri decided to retain Shubham Ranjane and the 25-year-old all-rounder showed the franchise just how prudent the decision would prove. He was the second highest run getter for the ARCS behind Akhil Herwadkar despite batting for less than half an innings in most matches. Ranjane averaged a fifty for every three games, including a sensational 71* off just 42 balls to inflict the first defeat on eventual champions North Mumbai Panthers. He had the best strike rate for his franchise as well. With the ball, Ranjane was clinical bowling the death overs, especially in the game against Eagle Thane Strikers when he picked 2/30 to help his side to a victory.
The left-arm bowler and batsman had another successful T20 Mumbai season, this time with Eagle Thane Strikers. With the bowl, he was used to curb the opposition scoring rates post the powerplay, and did so to great effect, maintaining an economy rate under six. Ramjani also showed his aggressive batting in the game against ARCS Andheri. With his team needing 63 runs off the last five over when he came out to bat, Ramjani almost took his side home with a fifty off just 30 deliveries which included three fours and three sixes.