Indore: Samad Fallah has a weakness for fast things. Be it fast bowling or fast bikes.
The left-arm pacer who took seven wickets on Saturday is quite a “character”, in his own words. He is a fan of sports bikes, calls himself the prankster of the team, doesn’t mind teasing his teammates to charge them up, idolises Wasim Akram and has three different run-ups. The sum total of all these is Samad Fallah.
“I love sports bikes… I watch MotoGP and read magazines on mean machines regularly. Though I myself don’t own a sports bike at the moment, I dream to have one some day. One of my friends has a garage full of sports bikes and I make it point to go there whenever I’m not playing cricket,” Fallah said.
Fallah, who graduated from tennis-ball cricket through an open talent hunt for the Maharashtra side, admits that he talks a lot on the field. However, he insisted he never sledges anyone. “I’m quite a character… Normally, I talk a lot… I just try to keep everybody involved. I tease our bowlers to give their best… In a nutshell, I’m the prankster of the team,” he said.
“I’m living my dream… When I started, I never thought I would come this far. I’m happy with what I’ve done,” Fallah added.
The speedster disagreed that the Bengal batsmen batted poorly. “It’s not that we got the wickets because the Bengal batsmen batted poorly… We bowled well, in the right channels, and kept things tight… That led to the wickets.”
About the batsmen of his own team, Fallah said: “Our batsmen played positively… They left the good deliveries and played the bad ones. On a wicket like this, playing a disciplined game is important. The ball isn’t always coming to the bat nicely.”
Of his seven scalps, Fallah doesn’t have a favourite one. “I wouldn’t like to mention any one wicket as special… I’m someone who likes to contribute towards the team’s cause… I don’t want to be left out. I just wanted to bowl to my strengths… I knew Bengal had good batsmen in (Laxmi Ratan) Shukla, (Wriddhiman) Saha… But I was confident that if I bowl to my strengths, I can get good batsmen out,” he said.
Shukla, on the other hand, is confident that Bengal can make a comeback in the match. “The toss was vital as there was a lot in the wicket in the morning. The Maharashtra bowlers, especially Fallah, bowled really well and that made things difficult for us.
“We needed to bat well, but we couldn’t perform to the desired standards. But I’m confident that we will make a comeback in the match, as we have done so many times this season. Our primary target would be to restrict them within 200,” Shukla said.