T20 Mumbai uplifted club cricketers, Mumbai’s finest: Tushar Deshpande

The ARCS Andheri speedster believes Mumbai’s white-ball cricket has improved as a result of the league.

Tearaway fast bowler Tushar Deshpande believes the players from Mumbai’s cricket circuit have benefited immensely since the advent of T20 Mumbai.

One of the biggest takeaways of the league, he believes, is the rewarding experience the youngsters get by playing alongside accomplished seniors who have made it to international cricket.

“They get to rub shoulders with the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw - all international players. So it is a great experience for everyone,” Tushar Deshpande said on an Instagram Live hosted by Shiv Dhawan.

Deshpande further explained how the league has not only helped the youngsters but has also revived Mumbai’s fortunes in white-ball cricket.

The Mumbai team touched silverware in limited-overs cricket for the first time in over a decade after winning the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2018-19. Tushar Deshpande finished the tournament as the third-highest wicket-taker for Mumbai with best figures of 5 for 23.

“T20 Mumbai is a superb platform. Ever since T20 Mumbai has started, our Mumbai team has also excelled in white-ball cricket.

“After the first season of T20 Mumbai, we won the Vijay Hazare Trophy for the first time in 12 years. We have also been doing well in Syed Mushtaq Ali for a couple of years,” he pointed out.

“Players who can do well in the league are doing well for Mumbai also,” said the pacer, who heads the bowling unit for ARCS Andheri in T20 Mumbai.

Ticket to IPL

Tushar Deshpande credits his improvement in the shorter formats of the game to his experience as the bowling spearhead for ARCS Andheri.

The 25-year-old has proven to be a versatile bowler for the team, providing crucial breakthroughs on various occasions in the two seasons of T20 Mumbai.

“For ARCS Andheri, I have bowled as a strike bowler, I have bowled in the powerplay and at the death. So it’s been a great experience playing for them. That has helped me improve my game in white-ball cricket,” elaborated the Mumbai pacer.

His exploits with the Mumbai team saw him getting picked up by Delhi Capitals for the Indian Premier League, where he will join fellow Mumbaikars Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw.

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