Badrey Alam deems fifer in T20 Mumbai as career’s best performance

The SoBo SuperSonics’ pacer demolished the ARCS Andheri batting lineup in season 1.

In a career that has spanned for over a decade in Mumbai’s domestic and club cricket circles, one spell stands out for pacer Badrey Alam.

The 28-year-old Alam considers his stellar bowling performance for SoBo SuperSonics at a packed Wankhede Stadium against ARCS Andheri during the inaugural season of T20 Mumbai the finest of his career.

“In T20 Mumbai, I took a fifer against ARCS Andheri in Season 1… I will never forget that moment,” he disclosed during an Instagram Live hosted by Shirsat Sports.

“That five-wicket haul was my best bowling performance,” he asserted.

Chasing SoBo SuperSonics’ mammoth total of 236, ARCS Andheri’s batting lineup floundered from the start as Alam ran through their top and middle order, bagging five wickets for 28 runs.

His expertise with the new ball was on full display as he sent the openers Arun Yadav and Doraiswamy Subramanian back to the pavilion in his first two overs.

The pacer then claimed the wickets of Parag Khanapurkar and Chinmay Sutar in successive deliveries, narrowly missing out on a hat-trick. One ball later, a searing inswinger rattled Siddharth Chitnis’ middle-stump, getting Alam his fifth wicket of the match.

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Moving to Mumbai

Badrey Alam also revealed that the biggest inspiration in his cricketing career was Abhishek Nayar, who was also incidentally captain of the SoBo SuperSonics in Season 1.

“I have played with him in the Ranji Trophy. He has motivated me during training, bowling, and plenty of areas.

“I used to love playing with him so much that I used to get motivated by his motivation,” he smiled.

In the first season of T20 Mumbai, Badrey Alam finished as the top wicket-taker with 12 wickets in seven games, at an average of 17.08. He was adjudged the best bowler of the tournament as well.

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Best #bowler# in #*mumbai t20 league#team# sobo supersonic#.

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Originally from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Badrey Alam had tried his luck at various trials in Uttar Pradesh but could not make the cut. Thinking of giving one last attempt, he moved to Mumbai after his 12th standard on the insistence of his cousin.

“My cousin told me to come and try cricket in Mumbai. If I didn’t succeed in Mumbai, I could go back to studying,” said Alam.

“I think he saw a spark in me,” he added.

Fortunately, in his very first year in Mumbai, Badrey Alam caught the eye of the selectors and was chosen to represent the Under-19 Mumbai team.

Following his exploits in age-group cricket, he made his Ranji Trophy debut for Mumbai in 2014.

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