Akshay Wadkar © PTI
Akshay Wadkar © PTI

After starring for Vidarbha in the quarterfinals clash against Kerala, the pair of Aditya Sarwate and Aditya Wadkar came to the side’s rescue yet again, in the final. Wicketkeeper Wadkar, in particular, came to the forefront against Delhi in the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 final at Indore. He recorded his maiden First-Class century and gift Vidarbha a massive 233-run lead by end of Day 3.

Speaking post the match, Wadkar sounded elated with his show: “We wanted to play the entire day. [Pandit]-Sir had said: ‘play as much as you can and try to stay unbeaten’. I did not even think I’d score a hundred. My only plan was to stay not out and make the team win with my contribution. I also got to score after I settled in.”

He also spoke in length about his and Sarwate’s 169 runs partnership: “We share a very good bonding so we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We kept communicating, especially when one of us felt dicey or in doubt.”

Talking about his struggle, he said: “I worked really hard last year and initially I wasn’t picked in the team so I performed in the local matches. After scoring two hundreds and three fifties I was picked in the team.”