Who is Hiken Shah, the Mumbai batsman suspended by the BCCI2 min read . Updated: 13 Jul 2015, 02:19 PM IST
Who exactly is Hiken Shah?
On Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended Mumbai batsman Hiken Shah for breaching its anti-corruption code. According to BCCI, Shah made a “corrupt approach" to Praveen Tambe, his Ranji Trophy teammmate, with an offer to fix matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Tambe, who has represented Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, represents Rajasthan Royals in IPL.
But who exactly is Hiken Shah? Shah is a left-handed middle-order batsman who represented Mumbai between 2007 and 2014. In Mumbai’s cricketing circles, Shah was your quintessential khadoos, the sort of batsmen who have come to epitomise the city’s cricketing culture over the years. Solid in defence, Shah was known for his ability to bat long periods of time and wear down bowling attacks.
Shah made his Ranji debut for Mumbai against Rajasthan in January 2007. In just his second match for Mumbai, batting at number 3, Shah notched up his maiden first-class ton (112) against Maharashtra. In spite of some decent numbers early on in his Mumbai career, Shah was not what you’d call a regular member of the playing XI. Two years since he made his debut for Mumbai, Shah would leave the state, choosing to ply his trade for Jammu and Kashmir in 2009. He spent just the one year with his new team before returning to Mumbai cricket.
After a good run of scores for his club and corporate team, Shah was rewarded with a Ranji recall in 2011, when he marked his return against Saurashtra with a typically solid 113 at Rajkot. In the five matches he played that season, Shah scored 291 runs at an average of 58.20.
The following season was Shah’s best in his eight-year first-class career. In the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy, in which Mumbai secured a record 40th title, Shah played a pivotal role, scoring 773 runs in 10 matches. That season, Shah scored three hundreds and two fifties. He, along with Abhishek Nayar, were the mainstays of the Mumbai batting en route to the title.
Shah could not replicate the performances in 2013-14. In the eight matches he played, Shah scored 443 runs at 36.91, with just one hundred. In the 2014-15 season, in which Mumbai lost to eventual champions Karnataka in the semi-final, Shah featured in two matches for Mumbai, the last of which came against Uttar Pradesh in December 2014 in Kanpur. That was the last of his 37 first-class matches for Mumbai.