How Glenn McGrath's advice helped ticket collector Himanshu Sangwan to fire Ajinkya Rahane

NEW DELHI: Himanshu Sangwan The name began to circulate in the iconic Wankhede Stadium when the 24-year-old fast bowler caught six wickets to guide the Railways to a 10-wicket victory over a Mumbai team full of stars in a Ranji Trophy game recently. His five entries in the second entrance of Mumbai included the scalps of the vice-test captain of India Ajinkya Rahane and the very talented Prithvi Shaw .

And the young man, who is also a ticket collector at the New Delhi train station, credited the Australian legend Glenn McGrath for his success in his first season of Ranji.

“I take inspiration from Australia legend Glenn McGrath. He is my idol. I learnt a lot from McGrath during my stint at the MRF Pace Foundation . I was there for a short camp in March (2019). He used to watch my videos and tell me the areas where I should improve. It is a legend of the game. He told me one thing: when I'm in trouble, go to the basics, Sangwan told in an exclusive interview.

“I made many deliveries under his supervision (of McGrath) and he was taking notes. After each session, he used to motivate me and tell me technical things. Stick to the basics and be patient: these are the two things I will always remember from McGrath. Honestly, your guide is helping me a lot in the Ranji Trophy, ”said Sangwan.

After grouping Mumbai, who is 41 times champion of the Ranji Trophy, for a miserable 114 on Day 1, the Railways, thanks to the unbeaten 112 of their captain Karn Sharma, obtained a solid lead of 152 races in the first innings. Sangwan then took five wickets (5-60), as Mumbai faced 198 in his second inning at Wankhede Stadium.


Rahane, who scored 5 runs in the first inning, was able to achieve only 8 in the second. He gave an easy capture to the wicketkeeper Nitin Bhille of the Sangwan delivery. Meanwhile, Shaw, who made 12 in the first innings, was sent back by Sangwan for only 23 in the second inning of Mumbai.

Sangwan revealed that he had plans for Shaw and Rahane.

“We had a meeting leader of the Mumbai party team. Our coach said we are not helpless. We also have good hitters and bowlers on the team. He said don't think who is on strike. Whether Rahane or Shaw, go and play in the right areas. We played in the right areas and obtained success against a top team like Mumbai. It was a great feeling to beat a top team and that too in their own lair, ”said Sangwan.

“I knew that Prithvi is an attacking player. It will always seek to attack. So I didn't panic and did bowling in some specific areas, with a change of pace. This worked well against Prithvi. But when Rahane reached the fold, the idea that he was one of the best test hitters in the world crossed my mind. He is No. 3 in India and vice captain of the Indian testing team. I played in the right areas and I wanted him to play external deliveries. This is how I got it. I had plans for Rahane and Prithvi, ”said the 24-year-old fast bowler.

“My coach Harvinder Singh, sir, and Captain Karn Sharma have helped me a lot. They sit and make plans and those plans have worked well in our favor. In my opinion, our bowling attack is capable of working wonders against the best teams. Our matches against Mumbai and UP are examples of this. I am receiving a lot of support from my rhythm partner T Pradeep. He is a talented bowler, ”Sangwan told

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Sangwan is on a roll in his Ranji Trophy tournament debut. Before taking six wickets against Mumbai, his third game with Ranji, the middle runner claimed four wickets against Uttar Pradesh and then two wickets against Saurashtra. In total, the young man has 12 wickets in three games so far in the tournament.

I performed well last year in the U23 tournament (CK Nayudu Trophy), where I claimed 37 wickets in seven games. Because of that, I had a chance at the Ranji Trophy this year. I am enjoying my bowling alot. When I debuted, I didn't know I would take four wickets and that also against a team like Uttar Pradesh. I took two wickets in the next game (against Saurashtra) and then six wickets against a top team, Mumbai, ”Sangwan signed.