Bawne, a right-handed hitter, is questionable for the much-anticipated finals. But he insists he’ll play even if he’s not fully fit.
Ankit Bawne, Maharashtra’s batting cornerstone, is a dubious starter in Friday’s Vijay Hazare final against Saurashtra in Ahmedabad (December 2). Bawne (29) leads his team, which is attempting to win its first Vijay Hazare Trophy.
On Wednesday, Bawne suffered a significant strain in his hip from a ball before being knocked out in the semifinals against Assam (November 30). He hit 110, was out in the penultimate over, and did not play any fielding in the Assam innings. Maharashtra won by 12 runs, but the victory may have been costly.
In his words.
“The pain was severe and I did not field. Because at that time I could not even walk. I still have discomfort and pain and with the gap between the semifinals and final being only one day, I am not sure how things will pan out. Today I feel better than yesterday,”
“I am going for the MRI scans and will see what the reports will be,” On the eve of the final, Bawne, a right-handed batsman who has scored 571 in eight games, 19 more than the side’s star batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad, told Cricbuzz.
“It is a big game for all of us and it all depends on the advice of the doctor. I will want to play even if I am 80 percent fit. I will run and bat tomorrow morning and see how I feel. The condition has slightly improved since yesterday,”