The 1st innings left handed Vignesh Rengaswamy Ganapthyraman played for University of South Florida, he “failed”, making only 45 in 22 balls, hitting 3 fours & 4 sixes. Funnily enough he gave away 45 runs when he bowled. Next game he smashed 99 in 43 balls, with 7 fours & 8 sixes ! Now convinced Vignesh was a batsman, the Captain did not give him a bowl.
Meeting FSU again, this time in the Final 4, Vignesh rampaged to 101 in 49 balls with 8 sixes & 7 fours ! Then in the Finals vs Auburn he made 38, USF’s top score, as wickets were tumbling around him. Ultimately USF fought back with great bowling & defended their 155 to win the American College Cricket SE Championship.
Vignesh, 6’2 and 182 lbs, had clearly stamped his arrival as a replacement for the dominant Sai Ramesh who had played his final USF match at the National Championship in March.
Vignesh says he started playing cricket at about 5 years old, watching his older cousin Subramani. By age 11 when he “started playing competitively “ he “was practicing 4 hours a day” and led to Vignesh representing Tamil Nadu at the Under 13 and Under 15 level, he said and he “led his District team for 8 years and my Anna University Team in All India University tournaments” Vignesh did his Under grad at Anna University, studying Mechanical Engineering.
Which cricketers do you admire most ?
I’m inspired by Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli. My cousin who plays professional First class cricket back in India. He has played first class cricket in Srilanka and England. I admire the way he approaches cricket every time he steps into the field.
I really like the way Sai Ramesh plays and carries himself on and off the field. He actually inspires a lot of budding talents in and around USF.
You’ve been selected to be on the American College Cricket Dream11 USA to play vs CCC Canada, how does that feel ?
It’s a great feeling to play cricket away from home. And when it comes this big, its really exiting.