The opener proved to be an influential leader in the second season of T20 Mumbai.ttmum
Dashing opener Jay Bista’s attitude on the field stood out and made him the top choice for the captaincy of the SoBo SuperSonics in the second season of T20 Mumbai, revealed team owners Gurmeet Singh and Sona Singh.
Jay Bista has consistently dished out remarkable performances for the team across two seasons of the league, becoming one of the only two players to be retained by the team for the second season.
His heroics from the inaugural season not only made him a sought-after player but also an excellent choice to lead the team. When the time came to select a new captain for the second season, the owners and coaches unanimously backed Jay Bista as the number one pick.
“Jay Bista is an enthusiastic youngster. He has that killer instinct,” said Gurmeet Singh during an Instagram Live with Cricfit.
“When he steps on the field, it feels like he is going for a war. You can see that he can never take defeats. I felt that he is the right person,” he reasoned.
The decision proved to be a rewarding one as the team fared better than their previous outing.
Under Jay Bista’s captaincy, SoBo SuperSonics took one step closer to the title, making it to the closely-fought final against North Mumbai Panthers.
The added responsibility made Bista thrive as a batsman too. He scored the first century of the league, wreaking havoc with a blistering 110 off just 60 deliveries against Aakash Tigers Mumbai Western Suburbs. It remains T20 Mumbai’s highest individual score so far.
With 242 runs in seven matches, Jay Bista ended the season as the highest run-getter for SoBo SuperSonics and the third-highest in the league in the campaign.
No worries with Amit Dani onboard
Gurmeet Singh breathed a sigh of relief when the team appointed Amit Dani as the head coach for SoBo SuperSonics.
It was his familiarity with Dani that made him comfortable with the decision.
Singh, in his teenage and early 20s, played club cricket in Mumbai before shifting focus to entrepreneurship. That is where he rubbed shoulders with former Mumbai cricketer and current SuperSonics coach Amit Dani.
“I have known Amit Dani since we played together. When he became the coach, I knew the job had gone to the right person. Now we don’t need to be worried,” said Gurmeet.
“Amit Dani is a cool kind of a coach. He is cool and aggressive at the same time,” Singh observed.