New Delhi: Shreyas Gopal was the ubiquitous game changer in the final of the Toyota University Cricket Championship on Sunday night. Batting first, when Southern Champs Jain University, Bengaluru scored 122 for six in their 20 overs, Gopal said his team was at least 15 runs short of a par score. After their two-run win against Jamia Millia Islamia, the India Under-19 star who scored an unbeaten 83 and took 2 for 16, still couldn't believe his team actually won the tournament.
"It's an amazing win. From zero for three wickets, this is unthinkable. I was tense when I went out to bat and when I started to bowled, I was gripped my nerves. But it was my skipper (Kaunain Abbas) who kept us cool as we steadily fought back,” said Gopal, Sunday’s deserving Man of the Match.
Gopal and Abbas prospered for a 98-run fourth wicket stand to pull Bengaluru out of the woods. Gopal applied himself perfectly and with Abbas resurrected the innings that fell apart at the start.