MAROON FEVER GRIPPED GREEN VALLEY
Without any doubt, every cricketing fraternity will say that there is no greater rivalry than between Australia and England, or between India and Pakistan. With the passage of time, these series have been the mother of all cricketing events of world cricket. How hard these teams play to win these series for their country!
We had a similar rivalry against Roshanara Club. They had been playing against Oak Grove School for 12 years. OG-Roshan Ara rivalry had seen a rise in popularity because of the match-up between a high standard Delhi club and school boys. Two matches every year for 12 years means 24 matches. These matches were organised in Home-away format. Out of 24 matches, OG won just two. When I joined class XI, I kept my first target to secure a win against Roshan Ara Club. Right from the month of February, I gathered all the members of the school team and started practice for the big battle that was to happen in the last week of April. And finally, that day arrived when we were supposed to take on our guests from Delhi.
It was Sunday morning, I won the toss and invited the visitors for batting. We had a decent and disciplined bowling attack. I and Rahul Chauhan bowled the first spell and then we were supported by Kamal, Pranjal and Mohit. They were bowled out for 128 runs in 26.4 overs. I was the pick of the bowlers, sending three of their batsmen back to the pavilion.
Next, it was the turn for our batsmen to show their temperament and batting skills. Facing bowlers from the renowned club of Delhi boosted their moral. Our batsmen played sensible cricket and we were not in hurry to finish the game. We just kept the asking rate under control. Padam Singh of Class XI contributed with a gritty knock of 64, and assured us that we romped home victorious with one wicket. How nicely we batted, it was worth watching! Our visitors complimented us and they never expected this kind of disciplined and sensible batting display from school kids. It was all possible due to the guidance from Mr. Hemant Juyal Sir, our PTI and Mr. Naushad Alam Sir (we called him Naushad Bhai) for his valuable inputs during the game.
People from print and electronic media interviewed me. We were lucky to find ourselves in the Mussoorie Section of News. Overall that was a great learning experience for us.
My name featured in a special record book as the winning captain. A record which I would cherish my whole life, and a match which would remain embedded in my heart in golden letters.
– Modassir Mushtaque
This piece was shared by Modassir Mushtaque (School Vice Captain, Patel House Captain & School Cricket Captain, Session 2009-10) on May 24, 2018.