In the match between Parsee Cyclists and BRD CC at the Oval Maidan in Mumbai, Parsee Cyclists, batting first, posted a big total of 318/9 in 71 overs – a score usually unheard of in Kanga games, especially during the first half of the season, where even 150+ or 200 is considered to a good total. With top order batsman like Shahen Mistry (48 off 44) and Tanmay Buram (38 off 67) giving a decent start to the innings, it was Rustom Shethna, coming at number 5, taking advantage of the positive momentum as he completely dismantled the opposition bowlers en route his swashbuckling 129 off 103 balls, laced with 21 boundaries!
This also makes Rustom the first Parsi Cricketer to hit a century this year in Kanga, across all divisions. In fact, it is after a lot of years that a Parsi player has scored a hundred in the Kanga league! BRD CC got only 4 overs to bat before the end of the game’s play, where the match ended in a draw.
The very genesis of the Kanga League was founded and named after the Parsi gentleman and Indian cricketer, Dr. Hormasji Kanga, in 1948, which turned out to be one of biggest and unique tournaments in India. However, over time, the number of parsi players participating and performing in the Kanga League has drastically reduced, and hence it was great to see a Parsi winning the day with his phenomenal performance.
Dr. Hormasji Dorabji Kanga was an Indian cricketer who played first-class cricket for the Parsis cricket team between 1899 and 1921 as an all-rounder and opening batsman. He was the first Indian to score a double century in a first-class match. The Kanga Cricket League is named after him.