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Professional 1999 – Shantanu Sugwekar

“Shan” was without doubt one of the most accomplished batsmen to play at Great Harwood as his first class career testifies. He was captain of his state side Maharashtra for some years, played representative cricket for West Zone and was selected for the 1992 Indian test squad. He had a highest score of 299 not out in 1st class cricket.

With previous experience in League cricket in Scotland and Northern Ireland he fitted in quickly and became only the 3rd player in club history to score 1000 League runs. Unfortunately his form did not carry over into the last game where a win over Cherry Tree would have secured the Championship. Shan got a duck and the team lost, but a season to remember for the elegance of the batting and the politeness and impeccable deportment of the professional.

His professional career stats can be found via cricinfo

Photo courtesy of Wisden India

Shan was interviewed by the Lancashire Telegraph in April 1999.

 

Sugwekar aims to be Harwood’s century maker – Lancashire Evening Telegraph

Great Harwood may have found the man capable of delivering their first Ribblesdale League title this century.

If pedigree is anything to go by, then Shantanu Sugwekar certainly has the credentials to turn the Cliffe Park club into the league’s top dogs.

The 31-year-old right-hander has arrived in East Lancashire with a reputation as one of the most prolific run-machines in Indian cricket.

And after finishing the domestic season in his homeland with a flourish, he now has his sights on setting the Ribblesdale League alight during the summer.

Over the winter, Sugwekar scored 600 runs in just eight first-class matches.

And in the Deodhar Trophy in January – India’s equivalent of the NatWest Trophy – he finished the competition as the top scorer with 248 runs from just four innings.

Now, he hopes to throw his considerable experience behind Great Harwood’s title push.

And on the evidence of what he’s seen so far, he believes the Cliffe Park club are definite championship material.

“We have a good, young team, full of players who are very enthusiastic and play hard to win. “Once we get into the winning habit I think we can become the best team in this league.

“And with the youth there is in the side, the future looks very bright.”

Young guns like Daniel Cheesbrough and Alan Armer already form the backbone of a potentially explosive top order.

And if Sugwekar can add that extra bit of experience, then Harwood are sure to be a force to be reckoned with.

Back home, he plays for state side Maharashtra as well as the West Zone.

And he also captains a company team called Mafatlal, which also features Test stars like Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble from time to time.

But his main goal is to get into the full India side.

In 1992 he made the squad but didn’t play. And even though he’s now 31, he still believes that’s possible and a good season with Harwood would certainly boost his chances.

“If I continue playing well you never know – I might still get a chance to play in the team.

“An impressive season over here would certainly help my cause.

“I haven’t really set myself any goals because I don’t know enough about the wickets yet or the strength of the other teams.

“But I’d be happy if I got 800 runs plus.”

And so would Harwood, especially if it won them the title.

Source :: Lancashire Evening Telegraph (http://www.reednews.co.uk/let/)

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