This Bihari cricketer broke 44 year old record of taking most wickets in Ranji Trophy

Biharis have an innate attitude of working hard and then proving themselves to the whole world. Ashutosh Aman, captain of Bihar Ranji team, has proved it once again by setting up a new record of taking maximum wickets in a single season of Ranji tournament. He broke a 44 years old Ranji record by getting 68 wickets in 8 matches.

As we know Bihar finally played Ranji Trophy tournament after a huge gap of 15 years and Patna hosted Ranji matches after 18 years.

Ashutosh Aman debuted in this very season of Ranji tournament and named this glorious record to himself. With this achievement, this left-arm spinner broke the record of exalted spinner of Indian cricket team, Bishan Singh Bedi who took 64 wickets in 1974-1975 season of Ranji trophy.

Sport, Cricket, pic: circa 1970’s, Bishen Singh Bedi (Bishan Singh Bedi), India, left arm spin bowler (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

Ashutosh achieved this remarkable feat while playing against Manipur in Moin-Ul-Haq stadium of Patna. He ended his Ranji Trophy campaign with impressive bowling figure of 7/71 in the second inning while taking his wicket tally of the match to 11. He also took a hat-trick in the second innings and lead Bihar to victory. Despite the win on Manipur, Bihar’s Ranji Trophy campaign has come to an end as Uttarakhand superseded Bihar by a slight margin to top the group table with 44 points while Bihar was on the second spot with 40 points.

Ashutosh Aman, who also captained Bihar’s side, took more than 10 wickets in a match for 5 times in this very season. The class of his performance reflects from his stats of the tournament which reads 68 wickets in 14 inning with a really impressive average of 6.48. He was the captain of Bihar Ranji team for the last two matches as the guest captain Pragyan Ojha got out of the tournament due to shoulder injury.

Ashutosh Aman comes from a family of farmers from Delha village of Gaya district. He is currently working in Air Force and joined the services when he was 17 years old. He had a keen interest in cricket since childhood though he never got any formal training. After getting into Air Force, he got the opportunity to play cricket. As he was posted at Palam Airport, he played a lot on Palam A stadium which has been regular venue for cricket for Services cricket team. While practicing at Palam, he strengthened his spin bowling and performed exceptionally well in inter-departmental matches which became his stairs to Vijay Hazare trophy as a player of Services cricket team.

As Bihar got the Ranji affiliation after years, Ashutosh Aman was included in Bihar cricket team sent for Vijay Hazare Trophy and Ranji Trophy. Talking about this achievement, Ashutosh Aman told PatnaBeats,

“This feeling is ecstatic. My hard-work paid off well and this record is an outcome. I followed correct strategy, practiced hard on my craft but the passion was always there.”

 This can be considered a good start for Bihar’s second inning in the first class cricket. We need to give our team some time and a lot of support and encouragement for them to be able to perform better and better in the near future. Individual performances like that of Ashutosh Aman surely gave Bihar’s team an exposure and made everyone notice the potential in Bihar.

PatnaBeats congratulates this young stalwart of Bihar and hopes to see many more achievements coming his way.

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