While the Indian team may have forgotten to pay homage to their former player, TE Srinivasan, who passed away last Sunday, chief minister Narendra Modi, while speaking at a felicitation function for young cricketers was quick to remind them of the 18th death anniversary of city's very first national cricketer, Jasubhai Patel.
Young promising cricketers had gathered in large numbers to collect their deserving awards for excellent performance in various local tournaments held by the Central Board of Cricket Ahmedabad in the last two years.
A brief but timely mention on the contribution of former players like Jasubhai Patel and Deepak Shodhan will surely educate young minds about city's cricketing history. Jasubhai Patel, picked a staggering 9/69 in an innings against Australia, a record that stood untouched for 40 years, till Kumble eclipsed it.
Modi, who is president of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), urged the city cricketers to play hard but in the true spirit of the game. A special mention was also reserved for women's cricketers, who were present at the occasion in their practise suites.
"We will give equal importance to women's cricket. While men's cricket is extremely competitive in India, women's cricket is comparatively untapped. We can have a larger representation in the national side.
Interestingly, the event was also attended by former GCA president Narhari Amin. Seated in the first row, the former office-bearer attracted many eyeballs. However, there were many a proud moment for him as kids after kids from Hiramani School, of which he is president, ran up to Modi to collect trophies. Hiramani School collected 10 trophies for finishing first in four tournaments and runners-up in six. The Gujarat Law Society School too made its presence felt, picking up six winners' trophies and two runners-up.
Apart from the kids, coaches and U-19 cricketers too were felicitated. Harshal Patel was given a memento for being part of the U-19 World Cup team and Avi Barot for making it to the India U-19 team.
Mukund Parmar and Chetan Mankad were also honoured on their appointment as National Cricket Academy's specialist batting and bowling coach respectively. ICC international panel umpire, Amish Saheba too was feted. Later in the day, Saheba was selected by the ICC to officiate in the upcoming World Cup.