Vinit Indulkar gets new lease of life
Who says opportunity knocks only once? For Vinit Indulkar, who was picked for Mumbai's Ranji Trophy quarter-final match against Maharashtra from January 8 at the Wankhede Stadium, it is a sort of 'second debut'.
The 29-year-old moved from Mumbai to play for Himachal Pradesh from 2008-09 to 2011-12 before switching to his home state again. Yesterday, the Mumbai selectors, led by Deepak Jadhav recalled one of their more experienced batsmen and they were probably impressed by Indulkar’s three centuries for Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in the recently concluded Dr HD Kanga Cricket League’s ‘A’ Division.
“I am grateful to the selectors and the team management who still had faith in my abilities. I cannot thank them enough. It is like a second debut for me. I am feeling the same excitement that I experienced when I first got selected for Mumbai (in 2004 against the visiting Australian team),” Indulkar told MiD DAY yesterday.
There was a sense of relief in Indulkar’s voice. “Yes, I am certainly feeling relieved. I was worried whether I would be accepted back in Mumbai after going on to play for another state. I went to Himachal Pradesh because I was getting opportunities. It was a different experience as well.
“I got a job in BPCL because I played for Mumbai. I got to play for Himachal because of Mumbai cricket. I owe a lot to Mumbai cricket. I completed my one-year cooling period last year and was hopeful of making a comeback in the Mumbai team. My hopes got a boost when the selectors picked Hiken Shah (who played for Jammu & Kashmir for a season) after doing well in club games,” Indulkar said.
Meanwhile, Zaheer Khan’s return has boosted Mumbai’s line-up. Zaheer, who had a successful tour of South Africa recently, will take over the reins from Wasim Jaffer. Abhishek Nayar also made a return to the side after an injury lay-off. Leg-spinner Pravin Tambe was dropped.