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Players

RAVI KAPOOR (CAPTAIN)

ROLE: BATSMAN

BATS: RIGHT-HAND BAT

BOWLS: RIGHT ARM MEDIUM

BATING POSITION: TOP ORDER

BOWLING TYPE: OFF SPINNER

DATE OF BIRTH: NOV 02, 1976

The Captain & Proud Owner of VMS Cricket Team, A destructive opening batsman and one of the most prized assets in T20 cricket. Given the fact that the power-play overs are the most important ones for any batting side, Ravi plays an important role in setting the foundation for big totals and thereby helping their sides to win the contest. Ravi is popularly known as the Hitman for his hard-hitting skills, Ravi is a gifted batsman and an immensely talented cricketer who is pleasing on the eye with his elegance and ability to time the ball. Over the years, the T-20 cricket has seen a drastic change and the role of openers has become of utmost importance. While a lot has struggled to cop-up with the expectations, some have carved out a niche for themselves, unleashing a plethora of runs at the top of the order in T-20 cricket. Ravi’s profile looks can be mighty deceptive. A fleeting glance at this overweight player would/could never tell you about his achievements. Aggressive, arrogant, innovative and confrontational on the field while under his skipper's hat. Deft and cheeky when he had a bat in his hand to wield. Ravi Kapoor's leadership is solely responsible for lifting a tiny sleepy island cricket team to dizzying heights of corporate cricket domination on the cricket field with the pinnacle culminating in the form of VMS lifting many of the trophies and cups under his leadership. Against all odds & against all punditry.

RAKESH TRIVEDI

ROLE: BATSMAN

BATS: RIGHT-HAND BAT

BOWLS: NONE

BATING POSITION: TOP ORDER

BOWLING TYPE: NONE

DATE OF BIRTH: APRIL 30, 1982

Rakesh Trivedi fondly known as “Raka” by his team mates and opponents, best opening batsman and undoubtedly is one of the most destructive ones in the History of Team VMS Cricket, displayed a sanguine demeanor right from ball one he faced in his T20 career and thwarted the bowlers throughout the tournament. Rakesh has the best defense on tough wickets but is an also terrific player of hook and pull shots, his accomplishments are equally exciting for making big and wining Nataraj Pens Cricketgraph Corporate Cricket Awards 2017-18 (https://www.cricketgraph.com/award-nomination/rakesh-trivedi-for-nataraj-pens-cricketgraph-corporate-cricket-awards-2017-18/). Rakesh is also capable of attacking strokes and pushing the run rate, something that can help blunt opposition bowling attacks. The Leg Glance was first invented by Maharaja Ranjitsinhji, he was a right-handed batsman and played during the 1890s for England, Cambridge University, London County, Sussex cricket teams, therefore the honor of “King of Leg Glance” of this shot played has been given to Rakesh for his seamless efforts and for the strokes played off the toes, shin or hips to divert the ball to the fine leg area. As we all know the eminent punch line “ Sirf Trivedi Bacchega”, Rakesh stands for his words either be it in the middle of the pitch or be it off the ground standing tall and supporting Team VMS in all circumstances, he is one of the core and proud founder member for Team VMS.

FAISAL PATEL

ROLE: BATTING ALL-ROUNDER

BATS: RIGHT-HAND BAT

BOWLS: RIGHT ARM MEDIUM

BATING POSITION: TOP ORDER

BOWLING TYPE: MEDIUM PACER

DATE OF BIRTH: JAN 27, 1984

Faisal Patel “The Brain” behind all the games that VMS has played and won so far, fondly known as “BIRBAL” for his advisor and main commander of army for VMS. Faisal works on all tactics before every game, breaks down his strategy into a simple structure which has logical steps, thus gives the captain of the team to choose the best options during the game. Faisal has tremendous power in his armoury and can smash the ball to all parts of the ground. This means that he doesn’t have to connect every ball well for it to go for six. He sets up deep in the crease, reducing the margin of error for the bowler and then goes Boom! Undoubtedly, he is right up there among the greatest match-winners in white-ball cricket in the history of team VMS, with those glorious cover drives, power straight drives, slap cuts through backward point and an effortless wristy drop kick over mid-wicket, all are oozed class. Faisal is known for maintaining his strike rate of 250-300 and running like Cheetah between wickets, which is supported by his mental & physical fitness. He is the only cricketer in VMS, who is fitness freak and who counts the no. of calories on every single day. Faisal simply loves to rock on the big stage and deal with the pressures that came with it, he is the most wanted cricket player by any of the corporate teams but his support and loyalty towards VMS is highly commendable, appreciated and valued. He is one of the core members of the team, who has been playing for Team VMS for more than a decade and still more to come. VMS is proud and honored to have him as part of our squad!

ASGAR KHAN

ROLE: BATTING ALL-ROUNDER

BATS: RIGHT-HAND BAT

BOWLS: RIGHT ARM

BATING POSITION: MIDDLE ORDER

BOWLING TYPE: OFF SPINNER

DATE OF BIRTH: JULLY 28, 1978

Asgar Khan the name is more than enough to create tremor and sweat for the opposition team, one of the best batsman in Middle Order Batsman and an Off Spinner who is the integral part of the team VMS. Known majorly for his hard hitting batting and big sixes but he isn’t a slogger, in fact one of the best timers of the ball in the team. He is a very economical bowler and has always been know for stopped the flow of runs when the opposition is running away with the game. Fondly known as “Python & Gabbar”. He has both the brutal force to create a big shot out of nothing and also the finesse to place the ball between the two fielders at the deep. From a technical vantage point, Asgar batting followed the simple principles of finding a way to score runs on every ball that was bowled to him. Asgar builds his initial game on his ability to clear the fence, for he had the strength to do it with aplomb against the slower bowlers. Asgar refrain from using his feet too much to generate power to clear the fence and hence was always a difficult batsman to bowl to. Asgar always stays glued to his crease even when the intention is to take the aerial route, invariably the bowler falls into the trap. Asgar’s ability to read the game and change his game accordingly is sheer talent and knowledge for the game he owns. Asgar has finished many close games for the team, the most remembered being a last 6 in Dubai to win the final match which was breath taking and has been written down in Golden words in History for VMS Cricket.

SAHIL SHAH

ROLE: BOWLER

BATS: RIGHT-HAND BAT

BOWLS: RIGHT ARM

BATING POSITION: LOWER ORDER

BOWLING TYPE: LEG SPINNER

DATE OF BIRTH: NOV 18, 1988

Sahil Shah is the main wrist spinner of the bowling unit and one of the core member & originator of Team VMS. Fondly known as “Warnie” for his abilty to turn the ball big both ways and a big fan of Australian world class spinner “Shane Warne”. Has been playing cricket since age of 10, Sahil is feared by all the team on the circuit due to his wicket taking abilities, One of the most fun loving and jovial team mate off the field and a party animal to core. Sahil gives his best on the field and will never backout from any challenges given on any day. Sahil is also a destructive lower order leg side batsman and youngest member of the team. Sahil’s ball continue to linger for any batsman, of that peerless leg-spinner walking up to bowl, running those last three steps and sending the ball fizzing through the air, in various tantalizing loops. The ball landing outside the leg stump and suddenly changing direction, tracing a path of flagrant treachery. Sahil gathered many wickets and took hat-tricks on many occasions, won the Man-of-the-Match award multiple times. His ball that gazoodled bouncing outside leg stump and cuffing off, is unanimously esteemed the most famous in history of VMS Cricket. Sahil has stockpile of straight balls, a zooter, slider, toppie and back-spinner, one that drifted in, one that sloped out, and another that didn't budge, yet he seldom got his wrong'un right and rarely landed his flipper. More than ever he relied on his two oldest friends: excruciating accuracy and an exquisite leg break, except that he controlled the degree of spin - and mixed it - at will. Like the great classical painters, he stumbled upon the art of simplicity of his bowling which was never been simpler, nor more effective, nor lovelier to look at by any of the batsman. Sahil is one of the most cheerful and colorful part of our Team VMS.

ADITYA BHATIA

ROLE: BATTING ALL-ROUNDER

BATS: RIGHT-HAND BAT

BOWLS: RIGHT ARM

BATING POSITION: TOP ORDER

BOWLING TYPE: MEDIUM PACER

DATE OF BIRTH: APRIL 15, 1983

Aditya Bhatia is a brilliant batsman, a penetrative fast bowler and one of the safest slip fielders Team VMS has ever seen, he known for his stylish batting and his ability to swing the ball both ways while bowling. He has been playing cricket since almost 30 years and is probably the most passionate player to join the team. He is in true sense a genuine all rounder as he can Bat, Bowl, Field and keep wickets whenever required. Can call him Mr. Cricket of the team. Aditya is always ready to perform in whatever capacity the team needs him to, usually bats at No. 4 for the team but is equally capable of hitting it big in the slog overs. His Flicks are Elegant and yet Powerful, known for his ability to be able to dispatch good deliveries to the boundary. Aditya has won and secured many man of the matches and trophies for the team, but his most impactful performance came in one of the match in Big Bash, where he single handed shouldered the match in favor of VMS Victory. He is also one of the most sporting and fun loving guys in the team, his personality, humbleness, the way he represented our Team VMS, It speaks volumes of the person he is.

PANKAJ DHAMELIYA

ROLE: BOWLING ALL-ROUNDER

BATS: LEFT- HAND- BAT

BOWLS: LEFT ARM

BATING POSITION: MIDDLE ORDER

BOWLING TYPE: MEDIUM PACER

DATE OF BIRTH: DEC 25, 1980

Pankaj Dhameliya is Left Arm Medium Pacer and a Left Handed Lower Order Batsman who is the integral part of Team VMS. Pankaj is fondly known as Decca Bhai in the team. He is the teams Death Bowling specialist as he has the ability to bowl Yorkers, ball after ball. He is also a wicket taking bowler and can always turns up the game at any given point of time. He is a very useful Lower Order batsman and an amazing fielder. Pankaj’s released bowling ball would make a pleasant whirring sound as it crafted a path in the air. He was a genius who disappointed the most and hardly needed help from the pitch, the natural ability to swing the ball and use short pitch to fox the batsmen made him a dangerous bowler to face. If the pitch did not help he would help himself by constantly innovating and changing his length with able use of pace.

SHAILESH MANIYA

ROLE: BOWLING ALL-ROUNDER

BATS: RIGHT-HAND BAT

BOWLS: RIGHT ARM

BATING POSITION: MIDDLE ORDER

BOWLING TYPE: FAST MEDIUM

DATE OF BIRTH: JULLY 28, 1985

Shailesh Maniya is a Middle Order Batsman and Medium Pace Bowler for team VMS. Shailesh is a Hard Hitting batsman and an aggressive fast bowler at times when he bowls those good ball to eye watching bouncers. He is fondly known as Gujarati Russel because of his Big Hits and brutal batting style. Shailesh in true sense is Brut Force while batting, as a bowler he is fast and can be very brutal. He can bowl bouncers and yorkers at will, Shailesh has added a lot of balance to the team through his all-round abilities including Brilliant Fielding. When you see Shailesh batting, don’t forget to say all over the ground “Ghat Ghat Ghat Ghat”, you may then be able to watch the ball flying out of the ground.

AMIT NOORANI

ROLE: BOWLING ALL-ROUNDER

BATS: RIGHT-HAND BAT

BOWLS: RIGHT ARM

BATING POSITION: LOWER ORDER

BOWLING TYPE: MEDIUM PACER

DATE OF BIRTH: SEP 16, 1987

Amit Noorani Opening and Deadliest Lethal pace Bowler for VMS, Lower Order Attacking Batsman and The Best Fielder VMS had until now. Amit is known for his Aggressive Opening bowling and the ability to fox the batsman with his pace. As a Batsman Amit has played many innings at the death overs with a strike rate above 200 to help the team achieve Big scores & milestones. Amit is also known on the circuit for taking Amazing Catches which probably only a few on the circuit would be able to catch. Moreover, his consistency and never say die attitude has made him the leader of the pack. He has been equally effective in all formats. What’s more heartening to see is his ability to perform with the same tenacity without showing any signs of fatigue, looking at his recent form he is destined to write more chapters in the accounts of VMS fast-bowling.

SAJJAD NEREKAR

ROLE: BATTING ALL-ROUNDER

BATS: RIGHT-HAND BAT

BOWLS: RIGHT ARM

BATING POSITION: TOP ORDER

BOWLING TYPE: MEDIUM PACER

DATE OF BIRTH: OCT 06, 1982

RAHUL BHADRESHWARA

ROLE: BOWLING ALL ROUNDER

BATS: RIGHT-HAND BAT

BOWLS: LEFT ARM

BATING POSITION: TAILENDER

BOWLING TYPE: LEG SPIN

DATE OF BIRTH: MAY 10, 1979

NILAY SHAH

ROLE: WICKET KEEPER

BATS: LEFT-HAND-BAT

BOWLS: RIGHT ARM

BATING POSITION: MIDDLE ORDER

BOWLING TYPE: MEDIUM PACER

DATE OF BIRTH: JULLY 03, 1982

VMS has had a long list of wicketkeepers, but Nilay is the one who have impressed with his skills and earned many fans around. He is one of the oldest & strongest pillar to VMS. Nilay the man with the best view, the man who murmurs and chatters too often to intimidate batsmen, wicket-keepers have a very important role. There is no other player in the team who is involved in every delivery when on the field. Sadly, wicket-keeping is the most underrated art in the game of cricket. Like batsmen and bowlers, keepers, too, need to adjust to the conditions. And when keeping to spinners on the hard and bouncy tracks of the subcontinent, he can’t be short on their skills. Not a man to be No. 10 in any list, Nilay Shah did a splendid job behind the stumps when he took up this ‘not-so-natural’ role as a challenge. One of the finest batsman and this came along with the immense contribution that he had with the bat.

RISHI BEHL

ROLE: BATSMAN

BATS: RIGHT-HAND BAT

BOWLS: NONE

BATING POSITION: TOP ORDER

BOWLING TYPE: NONE

DATE OF BIRTH: APRIL 15, 1976

KALPESH MEHTA

ROLE: BATTING ALL-ROUNDER

BATS: LEFT- HAND- BAT

BOWLS: RIGHT ARM MEDIUM

BATING POSITION: TOP ORDER

BOWLING TYPE: MEDIUM PACER

DATE OF BIRTH: OCT 26, 1975

Kalpesh Mehta a left handed-player considered an asset to the team, One of the most stylish and flamboyant left-handed batsman the game of VMS cricket has ever witnessed. He is known for those cover drives and flicks were awe-inspiring. It is treat to watch the way his wrist stroke-making ability, he is the man of a different breed and with sublime timing, perfect footwork along with hand-eye coordination he looked above the rest. He has been playing cricket since last 18 years, started playing Cricket for VMS and core member of the squad. Before playing for VMS he has played for Bharti Airtel and lead the side, he bats left handed and bowl Right Arm medium pace, he was lovingly called Dada in Airtel. Initially when he started playing for VMS he used to bat low down the order as the team of VMS was very strong and still which continues to dominate the corporate world. Slowly and steadily playing for some years he started batting one down in the team and became one of the mainstay of the team and they lovingly gave me a name (BLACK MAMBA) as once he goes to Bat he is very Dangerous and fearless.

LALIT PEDNEKAR

ROLE: BATTING ALL-ROUNDER

BATS: RIGHT-HAND-BATSMAN

BOWLS: RIGHT ARM FAST

BATING POSITION: TOP ORDER

BOWLING TYPE: MEDIUM PACER

DATE OF BIRTH: NONE

Lalit Pednekar a Right hand Batsman and a Right Arm fast Bowler Known for his blistering pace, Lalit's main strength is his ability to move the ball both ways, he was introduced to VMS by Kalpesh Mehta 2 years back and have been playing for VMS since then, his journey with VMS has been a delightful and amazing, VMS has tremendous respect for Lalit's contribution and we live like one family which is best part of the team.

SHAKTI KAPOOR

ROLE: BOWLER

BATS: RIGHT-HAND BAT

BOWLS: RIGHT ARM MEDIUM

BATING POSITION: TAILENDER

BOWLING TYPE: FAST MEDIUM

DATE OF BIRTH: DEC 10, 1983

The Team Manager & Co-owner of VMS Cricket Team, Shakti Kapoor a right-arm fast bowler. His ability to swing the new balls and reverse swing the old white ball making him an indispensable asset in the limited-overs format for team VMS. Shakti grabbed eyeballs first with his unorthodox action, and then his bowling skills. Armed with an anomalous, sling-arm action and natural pace, the peculiar release point of Shakti's deliveries makes it hard for batsmen to pick him.