Big brother’s support and Bihar’s Sakibul broke the record of 250 years

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new Delhi: The father was not very sure about his son’s future in cricket because of the tussle at the top level in Bihar cricket. But the youngster, who loved the game to the extent of his passion, was supported by his elder brother, on which he was able to create history in first-class cricket by scoring a triple century in his debut match. Bihar’s Sakibul made his first-class debut in a Ranji Trophy match against Mizoram. He made 341 runs in his first innings, which no batsman could do in first-class cricket starting in 1772. When Thomas Marsden of England became the first batsman in the world to score a double century in his first first-class match on 26 July 1826, then no one could have imagined that the record of scoring a triple century in a debut match would be far after 200 years. It will be registered in the name of Sakibul Gani, a 22-year-old boy from Bihar, a state in India. But now the name of Sakibul of Agarwa town of Motihari has been recorded in the history of cricket and now his father Adnan Gani is also proud of his son. Adnan Gani, a farmer by profession, ever wanted his four sons to concentrate on studies or join their hands in farming. A major reason for this was that Bihar had not been playing Ranji Trophy since 2004 and due to factionalism in the state association, the Board of Cricket in India (BCCI) thought it appropriate to recognize the newly formed Jharkhand state. The future of Bihar’s cricket players was in jeopardy, including Sakibul’s elder brother Faisal Ghani, who had played in the Cooch Behar Trophy and the Vizzy Trophy. But Faizal was confident that one day the situation in Bihar cricket would improve, so he taught his youngest brother Sakibul the skills of cricket and ensured that his practice was not hampered in spite of the odd conditions. Now his father and mother Ajma Khatoon want their son to play for India. Sakibul’s father Adnan said, “Sakibul is the youngest of four brothers and had become passionate about cricket since he studied in the district school.” Bihar returned to the Ranji Trophy in 2018 and in the meantime Sakibul worked hard to live up to his brother’s trust. Sakibul’s fortunes, once playing at the Gandhi Maidan in Motihari, however, took a turn when former Bihar U-23 coach Ajay Ratra spotted the young batsman during ‘trials’ at the Moinul Haque Stadium in Patna. He was impressed by his ‘shot’ selection and ‘timing’. Ratra knew that this player can be improved with a few changes and then that happened. Ratra made some changes in Sakibul’s technique, after which he became Bihar’s ‘run machine’ in junior cricket. Sakibul scored the highest 685 runs in the 2018-19 season from the Bihar ‘U-23’ team, in which his highest score was 282 runs. In the CK Nayudu Trophy the next season, he knocked on the door of the senior team by scoring 694 runs. He played his first match for Bihar in the Vijay Hazare Trophy ODI tournament against Jammu and Kashmir on 7 October 2019 in Jaipur. After that he was a regular member of Bihar’s limited overs team, but due to the non-organisation of the Ranji Trophy due to Covid-19, he had to wait a long time to make his first-class debut. Meanwhile, Sakibul was also called for trials by the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals. He was not a part of the IPL auction but after his record-breaking performance in the Ranji Trophy, Sakibul’s name will definitely remain in the minds of the franchise teams. For the record, let us tell you that the record for the highest score in his debut first-class match before Sakibul was held by India’s Ajay Rohera, who scored an unbeaten 267 against Hyderabad for Madhya Pradesh in December 2018.

[Attribution to NBT]

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