At the start of the day, Jagrit Anand wouldn’t have expected to be Delhi’s top scorer in their win over Himachal Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare trophy on Monday. Indeed Anand who scored an 89-ball 61, would not even have made the playing XI but for Virender Sehwag’s eleventh hour pull out due to ‘sickness’ .
Sehwag’s withdrawal didn’t give Jagrit much of preparation time. However the left-hander, who got to know about his participation in Monday’s fixture at 8: 30 in the morning, said the late call didn’t affect his mental preparation before the match.
“Everyday when I come to the ground I think I will get a game. I never come to the ground thinking that I won’t be playing. That way that I don’t have to do anything different when I come here,” reveals Jagrit, who last represented Delhi almost a year back, against Vidarbha in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy .
Playing his first game of the season, he showed no signs of rustiness and middled the ball from the word go. The 24-year old got his eye in, and went for the shots later on. It was a watchful knock, but the left-hander said the pitch forced him to play that sort of game.
“It was a slow wicket. On such wickets you straight away can’t go for shots, especially when you have lost a very important wicket. We straight away can’t go and play rash shots,” says Jagrit.
Coming into bat after Gautam Gambhir’s early dismissal, Jagrit batted for about two hours and stitched a crucial 79-run partnership with Unmukt Chand (51), who too was not playing his natural game. The elegant southpaw revealed it was a concious effort by the duo to focus on singles, and not worry about the asking rate.
“We were discussing that we should keep going on at 4-5 per over. We knew we have a long batting line-up, and if needed we can chase 6 per over. The pitch was very difficult. It was keeping low. The ball was coming slow on to the bat, so it was important that we stayed there and got the singles. It wasn’t a pitch where you could get boundaries easily ,” says Jagrit who hit four boundaries and one six in his knock.