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EPL Foreign Recruits: Patriots keep faith on experienced Indian trio

Dec 07, 2018 | CN Staff |

Lalitpur Patriots, led by national team vice-captain and opener Gyanendra Malla, had a mixed bag last season as they began the tournament as title contenders before losing out to Sharad Vesawkar’s Bhairahawa Gladiators in the second Qualifier. 

Patriots are probably the only team this season to not make much noise with big signings as they kept faith with their previous two foreign recruits Sunny Patel and Jay Kishan Kolsawala. Gaurav Tomar is the only new addition to the team. Here we explore about Patriots’ foreign recruit and the kind of impact they can make.

 

Sunny Patel (India)

 

Sunny Patel probably is a crowd favourite in Nepali franchise leagues featuring in all three current events – the second editions of the Everest Premier League and Dhangadhi Premier League along with the inaugural Pokhara Premier League (PPL). A lanky spinner effective with the new ball, his capability to play big shots makes him a perfect fit for the format. He played for Guajarat in the Ranji Trophy representing the state in 13 First-Class matches and 17 List A games. He has played eight Twenty20s. He was named the player-of-the-series in the inaugural PPL where he contributed with both bat and ball. Patriots will be longing to get the best out of him when they play defending champions Biratnagar Warriors on December 8.

 

Jay Kishan Kolsawala (India)

 

Another Gujarat cricketer Kolsawala is playing his second edition in the EPL. Kolsawala opens the innings for Patriots and has the ability to play both the big shots and anchor the innings. He also featured in the PPL playing under his Patriots skipper Gyanendra Malla for Kathmandu Royals. His performance was crucial in Patriots run up to the second Qualifier in the last season giving them the desired start to lay foundation for big total. He played nine First-Class matches for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy along with four List A. Although the wicketkeeper batsman doesn’t have huge amount of experience in the Indian domestic cricket, Kolsawala has already garnered enough experience in Nepal to make impact for any team.

 

Gaurav Tomar (India)

 

Tomar is the new entrant in the Nepali franchise league but has shown the promise, particularly with the bat when he played under Gyanendra in the PPL for Royals. His 95 against Dhangadhi Blues is the highest individual score of that tournament. He had scored 258 runs in the PPL with two half centuries to his name. Tomar comes in at No 3 and has the ability to play big shots. If Kolsawala manages to give desired start to Patriots, Tomar can guide his side to big totals if he fires all his cylinders.



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