What supports your team when its most needed? Who is that one player that brings back the team on track? What makes that player the key player of the game?
What is THE PILLAR? I am sure we all want that support in the team and thats exactly what we witnessed in the Sunday match against Bloemendaal.
Having lost the toss VVV was put to bat first. I think the opponents captain considering our last batting performance, under estimated the power this team packed in top batting order. Not blaming them being wrong, and so it had begun. First ball a GOLDEN DUCK. "What the hell" That were my exact words. An in-swing delivery knocked the leg stump out of the ground for one of the best batting opener we have in VVV , Bobby Murtaza who opened with Ali Rashid. This was a bad start and that's when that key player walked in with confidence. With clever singles, converting singles into doubles and good rotation of strike he made sure a good partnership could build up with Ali. Ali played a very mature innings and took the total to 57 before he got bowled by a submarine ( a word I learned recently, when a ball stays very low after bounce). Amir Zulfiqar was next man in.
Amir and that key player conjured up another good partnership. By some excellent power hitting by Amir the total reached 151. In all this clever cricket show for the team mates to score runs, that key player made a 50 and eventually got caught at mid off after scoring 63 runs. An absolute gem of an inning to give VVV a chance to score beyond par. Later Amir got caught at long on for 48. The foundation was laid by Amir and that key player to reach the target I had in mind (180) and eventually team reached the total of 205 with some reflection of last match innings.
With 205 to defend VVV team went in strong to field. The pace attack by Omar Raja and Tokier Shabier pierced trough the top order of Bloemendaal in no time.
Tokier was really impressive with the ball and took 4 for 23 in 8 overs and later Mohammad Yasin chipped in with 2 for 14. By the time it was drinks break Bloemendaal were 75 for 7. New comer Bilal Khadim took the challenge to finish of the tail and he did that in 4.2 overs spell and finished with the figures of 3 for 19.
A good win by VVV but still loads to learn from this game.
The question remains how ever, who was the pillar (the key player) who made sure the team gets what it needs?
Noman Merajdin, the every team wicket keeper batsman.
Picture left to right:
Bilal Khadim , Amir Zulfiqar, Ali Rashid , Noman Merajdin, Tokier Shabier.