Cricket: Hingorani replaces Evans

POSTED: 11/2/12 1:56 PM

St. Maarten – Youth will take the place of experience when fifteen year old Mohit Hingorani takes up the position of Steven Evans behind the stumps when St. Maarten faces St. Kitts in the first 50 over game in the Nagico 50 over competition this Sunday.
Hingorani is one of the youth cricketers on the island that came through the ranks starting at the Kiddy Cricket training program which was introduced throughout the Caribbean, St Maarten included.
His agility and skill level behind the stumps has been improving over the years and so did his batting ability.
“It will be a very good experience for me playing with the national team and hopefully I will be able to learn from this game,” he said. Lately, Hingorani has been getting several dismissals behind the stumps.
However, he was able to make a lasting impression while playing in the B division for the Future Champs B team in the RBTT limited over competition. Hingorani scored an impressive 108 in a winning effort
“It was the day that Shaquille Martina and Daniel Doram, two of the most experienced players on the team was leaving and I guess I just had to step up to the plate and I just had to believe in my ability,” he stated.
Going up against a team like St Kitts will be his sternest test to date now that he is making his debut. “I know I have to work a little more on my keeping and if I can into the runs, that will be good too.” He however admitted that come Sunday, he may be a little nervous which is expected under the circumstances.
After a not too impressive performance in the Leeward Islands T-20 tournament, national coach Rishi Singh is optimistic ahead of the game. “This is a longer version of the game, that T-20 competition is now behind us,” Singh said.
According to Singh, with the exception of Evans, the 14 member squad remains the same and the decision to replace Evans with Hingorani was made by the chairman of the selectors.
“There is no doubt about Evan’s form, he is still a part of our T-20 plan, but he is no longer a spring chicken and as long as we can stick to our game plan and execute, we can come out victorious,” he concluded.

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