Just in time for the 2013 Nationals, the University of South Florida (USF) Bulls has added a new talent to their roster – Krunal Bhange.
In the American College Cricket South East Championship Krunal smashed 127* against Embry Riddle University, hitting 14 fours & 7 sixes in 73 balls. He followed it up with 48 against FIU and 10 against the UF Gators.
The 6' 2"Krunal Bhange is an athletic 170 lbs and bears a resemblance to the New England Patriots' Tom Brady. Will he be the final piece for perenial contenders,USF, to take them to a title? The South East regional was the first time he represented USF Bulls.
Krunal did his undergrad at College of Engineering Pune, Maharasthra and played competitively for Pune district before coming to USF for his MS in Management Information Systems. Bhange also was selected for the Pune District Premier League.
We asked Krunal :
In the short time you’ve been in the US you’ve seen how huge college sports, especially football & basketball, are in the US. How does it feel to see cricket begin to be a part of that ?
It feels good. Cricket is in our blood. Even if we don’t get any recognition for playing the sport, we would keep on playing it. But a little appreciation from American universities is great for cricket. I am particularly impressed to see the quality of the cricket played here. With such talented players around, there’s only a bright future ahead for cricket in USA.
Who are your favorite cricket players ?
Hashim Amla and Sachin Tendulkar. I adore them because of their talent and their on and off field good behavior.
USF has been the most consistent team in American College Cricket but has not won a regional or national title,what will you guys do to get the club over the hump, and possibly win the Chanderpaul Trophy, the National title in March, at the 2013 American College Cricket Spring Break Championship ?
In my short stay here with USF, I see we have enough talent to help us win American College Cricket tournament. Cricket is a very uncertain game. One bad day and you are out. The key would be to concentrate on basics and try our the best.
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