The 29-year-old Pranay Suri says that he was intimidated while he was in the same dressing room as former international players Narsingh Deonarine and Shehan Jayasuriya when playing for the Silicon Valley Strikers. “When you see a cricketer who has competed at some level of the game, you automatically assume that you can compete with them. You have to admit that these guys are of a higher quality than I am if you want to convince me that they’re capable of doing something that I’m not! “stated a bashful Suri pouring admiration at his comrades.
The likes of Deonarine, Jayasuriya, and Unmukt Chand have been the lynchpins around which the Strikers achieved silverware in 2021 and have remained to be at the forefront of the Strikers’ 11-game winning streak so far this year. In fact, the Strikers won the silverware in 2021. Even though Suri might not be the most prominent player in the Strikers’ locker room, there are a few people who would say that he has been an essential component of the Strikers’ wheel.
The majority of the previous minor league season was spent with Suri flying under the radar. His 16 wickets in 19 games were never going to be good enough to attract the attention of the media given how much attention was focused on the big ticket players during the campaign. Despite this, he continued to be very effective despite having an economy of less than 6 rpo. On the day of the championship match, the Strikers were successful in limiting the New Jersey Stallions to a score that was lower than par by virtue of his crucial stint of 2 wickets for 18 runs off of his four overs.
Suri has been able to carve out a place for himself despite having to work in the shadow of his more famous teammates so far this season. In the match against the Golden State Grizzlies, he caused mayhem by hitting six fours and six sixes, prevailing over highly regarded international players such as Sami Aslam and the power hitter Hammad Azam. As a way of celebrating the six-fer, he followed up the game against Seattle Thunderbolts with another five-wicket haul, which helped his team come back from the brink of defeat and win by defending a meagre 130.
He has now taken 18 wickets while bowling 36 overs, and the average number of runs scored per over is little over 13. He has further enriched this season with vital cameos with the bat, hitting a boundary every sixth ball that came in during the latter half of the innings. This has contributed to the overall success of this season. His calm score of 34 on a turning ball when their star-studded top order was back in the hut demonstrated the subtle and ice-cool head he possesses on his shoulders.
After the conclusion of the 2021 MiLC season, Suri’s strong performance at the plate led to his promotion to a higher spot in the batting order than he had previously held. His accomplishments include scoring a double hundred in Dallas during a game that was 40 overs, as well as scoring an explosive 90 off of 50 balls during an NCCA league game against an East Bay Blazers attack.
“When I was younger, I was a below-average cricketer who had to put in a lot of effort to be able to achieve things on a cricket field that I am today capable of doing. Things have never been made simple or easy for me in any way. I cannot say that I am satisfied with the results that I have achieved with the bat in the MiLC this season. I have a lot of room for improvement, “said Suri.
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