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Abu scalps his 100th victim

Guwahati, Dec. 10: Assam paceman Abu Nechim Ahmed today joined the 100-wicket takers’ club in first class cricket with the scalp of Himachal Pradesh opener Varun Sharma in their ongoing Ranji Trophy match at Nehru Stadium here.

The Mumbai Indians pacer has become the sixth from Assam to join the elite club after pacemen Anup Ghatak, Gautam Dutta and Javed Zaman and spinners Sukhwinder Singh and Arlen Konwar.

“It feels good to have achieved a milestone. But, I am not that excited because I still have a long way to go. I don’t play for records. My only goal is to represent the nation and I will feel accomplished only if I can do it,” Ahmed said after the day’s play.

“I would have been happier if I could have struck for the 100th wicket in the last match itself (against Jammu and Kashmir). But, things always do not happen like the way one wants it to be. I have not been getting five wickets this season which is my immediate aim now,” he added.

The 24-year-old completed his 100th wicket in his 34th first class match with his career best being five for 40.

He has so far scalped 18 wickets this season to be the second highest medium pacer from East Zone after Ashok Dinda of Bengal who has picked up 28 by now.

“It is a feat very few from our state have achieved so far. He did it quite early in his career and I wish him more such milestones,” coach Subhrajit Saikia said.

Ahmed could have achieved his 100th much earlier, had he not lost two seasons by joining the rebel Indian Cricket League.

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