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‘Man of steel’ – Twitter salutes Vishnu Solanki for scoring century days after the demise of newborn

Solanki scored a brilliant 104

Vishnu Solanki )Image source: Twitter)

During the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2021-22, the fans witnessed a really emotional moment. It came during an Elite Group B game between Baroda and Chandigarh. It was Vishnu Solanki who displayed utter grit and temperament in what turned out to be an emotional game for him.

Not only were the conditions tricky, but the batter was also battling a personal tragedy. Besides, this was his Ranji Trophy debut. Thus, calling his knock excellent would be an understatement.

He had lost his newborn child just a few days before the game. Yet, he decided to appear for this match and truly played a sensational knock. After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, Baroda bundled Chandigarh for just 168.

During the second innings, the Devdhar-led side were 175-3 when Solanki came to bat. Although the game was still in balance, the 29-year-old showcased his mental strength to bring up his century in the final session on Day 2. He went on to score 104 before getting dismissed.

Solanki’s knock consisted of 12 boundaries and he received great support from opener Jyotsnil Singh. Baroda finally got to 504 and thus, put a huge total on the board. In reply, the Vohra-led side got to 100 without losing a wicket, and are still batting.

“Story of a Cricketer who lost his new born daughter a few days ago. He attends the funeral and gets back to represent his team to get a hundred. His name may not make social media “likes”, but for me #vishnoosolanki is a real life hero. An inspiration,” said Baroda Cricket Association CEO Shishir Hattangadi.

An important point to be noted is that Solanki was in Bhubaneswar for the Bengal game when the unfortunate news reached him. He then rushed back to Baroda to attend the funeral of his daughter and then made it back to join the team for this match. Thus, several users took to Twitter to applaud the batter for his mental strength.

 

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