He was the most boisterous of the eight captains who stepped out at the Brabourne Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Toyota University Cricket Championship on Saturday evening. Dressed in parrot green, he danced his way to the centrestage and his bhangra even made the Badshah of Bollywood – Shah Rukh Khan -- dance. Little did anyone expect that Parveen Yadav will emerge as the hero of the opening match of the TUCC.
It was Yadav's 67 off 36 balls that guided Northern Stars Jamia Millia Islamia University to a thrilling last-ball win against tournament favourites Western Wolves Mumbai University. Jamia were on cruise mode as long as Yadav was in the middle, but his departure triggered a mini collapse and Mumbai almost won a lost battle. Jamia won by five wickets, a match they should have won comfortably. Yadav agrees.
"Yes, I was out at a crucial time. I should have batted till the last," Yadav said. The Jamia skipper said: "We were confident of chasing anything around 170-180. We knew the Mumbai bowlers will have a problem gripping the ball due to the dew."
Yadav said Saturday was one of the biggest days of his life. "I met my hero (SRK), danced with him and won a match for my University. I am extremely happy," he said. He also thanked his coach Rizwan Shamshad who told him to play his natural game. "It paid off," Yadav said.
Distraught Mumbai skipper credited Jamia for a good performance. "They played well and we made a lot of mistakes. We lost early wickets and I failed too. We have to make corrections," said Lad.
Having finished runners-up in the Rohinton Baria Trophy, Mumbai are one of the favourites of in the T20 TUCC.