Gandhi came to bat within the post lunch session when Singh and Kaul had reduced Gujarat to 82/4.
Mumbai: Chirag Gandhi counter-attacked with an unbeaten 136 in 159 balls, his initial first-class ton, to guide Ranji Trophy champions Gujarat to 300/8 at the end of 1st day’s play of Persian Trophy match against rest of India at Brabourne stadium here on Friday.
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Siddharth Kaul (4/73) dismissed dangerous Parthiv Patel (11) before lunch and went on to require 3 more wickets despite injuring his finger whereas fielding. Pankaj Singh dismissed each the in-form Gujarat openers Samit Gohel (0) and Priyank Panchal (30) before wrapping up the day with figures of 3/77.
Gandhi came to bat within the post lunch session when Singh and Kaul had reduced Gujarat to 82/4. The 26-year-old solid 109-run stand with Manprit Juneja (47) to require his team out of hassle so carried on with the tail to require his side to a good score.
He completed his hundred in one hundred twenty-five balls with eleven boundaries and a six and later stricken seven a lot of boundaries to try and do the bulk of scoring in unbroken ninth wicket stand of thirty-nine with Hardik Patel (9 not out).
“My mind was blank and that I wasn’t thinking something and had no pressure. I’m accustomed such things whereas coming back down the order and have gotten wont to bat with a tail. These days when obtaining my eye in I went when the ball once it had been in my zone without concern concerning something,” stated Gandhi who has been in and out of the side in a previous couple of seasons.
“Earlier we tend to have Venu Gopal Rao in the middle order, therefore, i used to be obtaining less possibility. From last year, I do know my role is a finisher whereas coming back at no six or seven particularly in the shorter format. I had a conversation with Mahi (MS Dhoni) recently throughout the Ranji semi-final against Jharkhand (in Nagpur). He told me to be calculated and target certain bowlers whereas finishing games in the shorter format,” said Gandhi who scored the winning runs against Mumbai within the Ranji final at Indore. “That’s a lifetime moment. Whenever the footage of our maiden Ranji triumph is going to be shown that shot is going to be there,” Gandhi said.
Gujarat 300/8 in eighty-eight overs (Chirag Gandhi 136*, Manpreet Juneja 47; Siddharth Kaul 4/73, Pankaj Singh 3/77) vs rest of India.