Despite Chandigarh-based opening batsman Amit Parashar’s superb 70-ball knock of 90 runs in the final of 19th All India Maharaja Padam Singh Memorial Cricket Cup played at Rohru,his team Audit General Punjab lost to Air India. AG Punjab might have lost,but Amit Parashar had a good outing in the tournament with individual knocks of 69 runs (against Delhi),50 runs (against BSNL) and 90 runs (against Air India),that helped him bag the best batsman of the tournament award.
Amit,son of a former wrestler,considers this performance as the perfect kickstart for a good outing in the upcoming cricket season. Speaking with Sportline,Amit,23,said,”It is nice to be among runs at the start of the domestic season. Despite big knocks under my belt,I have not been able to please the state selectors in the past two to three years. So,this time around I do not want to miss any opportunity and want to keep on scoring runs. I hope to continue the fine form in the upcoming Punjab Inter-District cricket tournament while playing for Chandigarh.”
It maybe recalled that Amit became the first batsman ever to score two double-hundreds in the same year in the Punjab Inter-District Katoch Shield Tournament back in 2009. He scored a staggering 691 runs,averaging 136 in the competition. Despite all these he was considered only for a berth in the senior state team. The next year,Amit did get a chance to play in the T-20 national cricket tournament for Punjab,but he was disappointed not to get the chance to wear the white flannels of the state team either for Ranji Trophy or for the ODI tournament. Leaving behind the disappointments of the past,Amit has moved on well with the passage of time and now just wants to concentrate on his performance,so that this time around he is able to attract attentions of the Punjab think-tank.
He shared,”It is important for me to do well for the state teams in order to reach at the top. I might have missed out on few opportunities in the past,but I am hopeful for a turnaround. I am working hard on my fitness and batting skills in view of improving and also lifting my game. I hope to do well for Chandigarh at the inter-district level and then start thinking further.” Amit was hired by AG Punjab earlier this year.