Parsi Cyclists played to enjoy

Each person in this team was a specimen. Nowhere will one find such colourful people together at once. Polly Umrigar, Nari Contractor, Behram Irani, Farokh Engineer, Rusi Surti, Mehli Irani, Hoshi Amroliwala, Behram Gowadia, Salim Durrani, Abbas Ali Baig, Noshir Tantra, Homi Mehta, Karsan Ghavri and many others. Wicket keeper batsman Mehli Irani, who is now 82-year-old, played Kanga League non-stop for 57 years! No one is as witty as Mehli in the entire Mumbai cricket circle. 20-year-old Karsan Ghavri joined ACC in 1970 and Polly Umrigar directed him to play for the Parsi Cyclist………..

Wicket keeper batsman Mehli Irani, who is now 82-year-old, played Kanga League non-stop for 57 years! No one is as witty as Mehli in the entire Mumbai cricket circle. 20-year-old Karsan Ghavri joined ACC in 1970 and Polly Umrigar directed him to play for the Parsi Cyclist.

He narrates an incident. “Since I came from Kathiawad, I had the habit of chewing ‘eksobees paan’. After bowling the first over, I was asked to field at long leg. I saw a paanwala on the road right outside and I rushed immediately to him. For one over, I wasn’t on the field and nobody realised it. When I didn’t go to bowl the second over, there was panic. When I ran in with paan in my mouth, Mehli asked me: “Aree dicra where were you”. When I told him I went to get paan, the language Mehli used still makes me laugh.”

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Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

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