Bihar's Ashutosh Aman has come a long way from working for Indian Air Force to breaking all-time wickets record in Ranji Trophy
While eyes of the Indian cricket fans remained glued to the happenings in Australia, a major record was created in the country’s prestigious domestic tournament Ranji Trophy. Bihar captain Ashutosh Aman broke former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi’s 44-year-old record of taking the most wickets in a single season of the tournament. Ashutosh had started his career with the Indian Air Force where he joined as an accountant.
His cricket started back home in Gaya, Bihar, where he played district level cricket. He made his way into the Indian Air Force through the sports quota and was now in Delhi pursuing his cricketing dream. Having made his List A debut in 2014, for Services and returned to his home state Bihar once it got was reaccredited by the BCCI with eight other teams from the North Eastern states.
Aman’s achieved the feat of being the leading wicket-taker in a season after the just-concluded game against Manipur in which he took 11 wickets. The 32-year-old bowler, who is also a left-hander like Bedi, made history when he trapped Sagatpam Singh before the wickets in Manipur’s second innings. Singh was Aman’s 65th scalp this season and his seven-wicket haul in the innings eventually took his tally to 68 from 14 innings at an average of 6.48.
Bedi, one of India’s legendary spinners, had taken 64 wickets for Delhi in the 1974-75 season. Aman’s feat becomes more special since the bowler made his first-class debut in 2018 itself. The debutant became the first bowler to take 50 wickets in the ongoing season and also hit a hundred in the previous game against Mizoram. Aman took a 10-wicket haul in his very second first-class match against Sikkim which Bihar won by 395 runs also scoring 89 in that game.
Aman eventually got a call for Ranji Trophy
Aman while playing for Services got to play only 12 games and took 16 wickets in them. His hard work paid off in district-level games and he was included in the Bihar squad for the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy. Though Bihar lost in the quarter-finals to Mumbai, Aman’s show of taking 14 wickets in eight matches earned him a spot in the Ranji Trophy squad and is also captaining Bihar in his debut season.