Bangalore’s Suyash Prabhudessai hogged the limelight after he made an impressive Indian T20 League debut against defending champions Chennai at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
Chasing a huge total of 217, Bangalore were reeling at 50/4 having lost the wickets of captain Faf du Plessis (8), Virat Kohli (1), Anuj Rawat (12) and Glenn Maxwell (26). Prabhudessai joined all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed at the crease. The duo played some impressive shots as they steadied the ship.
The 24-year-old Prabhudessai from Goa played a blitzkrieg 18-ball 34 runs knock before Chennai off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana cleaned him up.
During his eye-catching knock, Prabhudessai smashed Chennai captain Ravindra Jadeja for a boundary and followed with a six in the 11th over. The highlight of his innings was the slog sweep over short third off Jadeja’s bowling.
Apart from his batting, Prabhudessai inflicted a brilliant run-out to dismiss Chennai swashbuckling batter Moeen Ali while fielding at the backward point. He also made some superb saves on the field to garner praises from the commentators.
Fourth Goan to feature in Indian T20 League
Suyash Prabhudessai is only the fourth cricketer from Goa to feature in the Indian T20 League. The other three players are Swapnil Asnodkar (Rajasthan), Shadab Jakati (Chennai and Bangalore) and Saurabh Bandekar (Bangalore).
Prabhudessai bagged his maiden Indian T20 League contract with Bangalore for a base price of INR 20 lakh in 2021. However, he failed to make a single appearance in Indian T20 League 2021.
During the Indian T20 League 2022 mega auction held in February, Bangalore acquired his services again for INR 30 lakh.
Made his List A debut for Goa in 2017
Suyash Prabhudessai made his List A debut for Goa against Bengal in the 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy. Having made some impressive performances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Prabhudessai made his first-class debut for Goa, a year later, in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy. He also made his T20 debut for Goa against Sikkim in the 2018-19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
The right-handed batter finished as Goa’s third highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy 2021-22 season, having amassed 236 runs in three matches at an average of 33.66.
He scored 86 runs in five matches at an impressive strike rate of 148.27 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021-22 and later accumulated 134 runs in five matches in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22. While Prabhudessai averages 42.88 in first-class cricket, he has an average of 23.84 in List A cricket.
In the T20 format, the Goa cricketer has scored 443 runs in 20 matches at a strike rate of 148.16.
Apart from his batting, Prabhudessai bowls right-arm medium pace and has picked eight wickets across formats.
Having impressed on Indian T20 League debut, Prabhudessai could play a crucial role for Bangalore in the upcoming fixtures of the tournament.
With the Indian T20 League known to have fast-tracked several careers, it could be a perfect launchpad for a youngster like Prabhudessai and attract the attention of the national selectors.
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