ACC Dream11 Newcomer of the Year 2015 !

Vignesh Rg (USF) ACC Dream11 Newcomer of the Year coverdriving,John Bart King Award winner) wicketkeeping

Vignesh Rg (USF) ACC Dream11 Newcomer of the Year coverdriving, Mercer’s Sam Brunk (John Bart King Award winner) wicketkeeping

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.



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