Raj Limbani: India has got a new ‘Sultan of Swing’, hits bowled with the first ball, special connection with Pandya-Pathan brothers

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Raj Limbani: India has got a new ‘Sultan of Swing’, hits bowled with the first ball, special connection with Pandya-Pathan brothers

Who Is Raj Limbani U19 World Cup 2024 :The Indian cricket team continues to perform brilliantly in the Under-19 World Cup being played in South Africa. India defeated New Zealand in a one-sided fashion by 214 runs in the first match of Super-6.

First the batsmen and then the bowlers attacked New Zealand and kept the Kiwi team on the backfoot throughout the match. While Musheer Khan shone with the bat, Soumya Pandey shone with the ball. Apart from these two, another player left his mark in the match. The name of this player is Raj Limbani.

Raj Limbani bowled brilliantly in the first over of New Zealand’s innings and took 2 wickets. Out of this, he took the first wicket on the very first ball. Raj clean bowled opener Tom Jones on the very first ball of New Zealand’s innings. Seeing this ball of Raj, it seemed that India has got a new Sultan of swing.

Raj took two wickets in the first over
This ball of Raj came inwards very fast. The speed of the ball was so much that by the time Jones brought the bat, the ball hit the wicket and Jones had to return to the pavilion without opening his account. After this, he also dismissed Snehit Reddy on the 5th ball of the over.

Raj has swing with pace
This ball of Limbani, after hitting the pitch, swung rapidly inwards and went straight into Reddy’s pad. He too was not able to bring the bat down on time. Reddy also had to return to the pavilion with a score of zero. In this way Raj took 2 wickets within 5 balls.

Raj has played in the club of Pathan-Pandya brothers
Raj learned his cricket from the same Motibagh Cricket Club in Baroda, from where Pathan (Irfan and Yusuf) and Pandya brothers (Hardik and Krunal) honed their game.

From 2017 to 2021, Raj honed his game in this club of Baroda and learned the nuances of fast bowling. During this time, he started watching Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling closely. He got a chance to play in Vinoo Mankad and Cooch Behar Trophy in 2021. Raj Limbani took 52 wickets in 12 matches played within three years.

Irfan has troubled Pathan also with pace
During this time, Irfan Pathan caught sight of Raj. Raj had recently shared an incident related to this in an interview given to Sportskeeda. Raj had told, "Irfan Pathan came to our club one day for practice. I bowled to him. My pace was good and I beat him many times. After this he asked who is this bowler? After this a match took place in NCA Bangalore. Even then Irfan was with us for 10-12 days. Since then they know that this boy is from Baroda."

Raj Limbani has so far taken 4 wickets in three matches of the Under-19 World Cup.


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