Monday, April 19, 2010

Relishing It

Pratapgad Warriors’ Amit Kadam is not at all missing his regular wicket-keeping tasks as he let his bat talk, scoring a responsible unbeaten 36 to steer his side to a third straight win

Suhrid Barua, Pune Mirror, May 7, 2009

Amit Kadam is a regular wicketkeeper for JMJ in the MCA Open Invitational League. But he is not required to don the big gloves behind the stumps for Pratapgad Warriors because his side has at their disposal a more experienced hand in the form of Satyajit Satbhai, who is also the captain of the side.
Free from his wicket-keeping duties, the 25-year-old Kadam let his bat do the talking, racking up an unbeaten 36 to shepherd his side home against Panhala Panthers with plenty to spare. “I regularly do keeping for JMJ in the MCA Open Invitational League but in the MPL I’m not standing behind the stumps simply because we have in Satyajit Satbhai one of the experienced keepers around. If you ask me, I can tell me you one thing — he is the best gloveman in Pune,” Kadam was profuse in his praise for his captain. So, what about his wicket-keeping skills taking a knock because of his non-keeping ways in the MPL. “I keep practicing it, so there’s no need to worry about that. I’m also learning by watching Satbhai go about his task behind the stumps,” said Kadam who won the Man-of-the-Match award for his batting effort. Believe it or not, Pratapgad War
riors has as many as four regular wicketkeepers in their 14-man squad. Apart from Satbhai and Kadam, the other two are Avdhut Dandekar and Shailesh Bhosale. “It’s an interesting feeling to realise that we have four wicketkeepers in our side, all of whom can chip in with the bat. Avdhut (Dandekar) is well known to me as he is my JMJ team-mate,” he says.

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