By Denis Musali
Nehal Bibodi commonly known as "Musajja" is one of the finest stroke makers to have played for the Cricket Cranes. From being a spectator in his backyard as his peers played once Nehal picked up a bat he never looked. A very clever and calculative batsman Nehal had the brainpower to count each run he scored while batting sometimes even correcting the scoreboard on his individual total. Musajja won so many titles locally with KICC, Destroyers, and Tornado and also clinching the best batsman accolade on a number of occasions.
His back to back hundreds at the World Cup Qualifiers in South Africa remain his highlight with the Cricket Cranes with Conrad Shukri his favorite coach and Justine Ligyalingi his best team manager. Musajja a man of very words is now happily giving back as the head of selectors a role he takes very seriously. His is a common sight at national team trial games making sure he can familiarize himself with the players fit to don the cricket cranes shirt. Here is our chat with Nehal Bibodi.
Qn; How did you get involved in Cricket?Ans; I was very passionate about cricket from the age of 13 - 14 and use to play in school with classmates in the school ground with tennis balls luckily we also had small ground in front of our bungalow and some guys from different areas use to come and play there 15 overs tennis ball match, I used to go and watch and one day they didn't have enough players so I told them " I can play some cricket " one of the captains of the team looked at me and said ok play in my team, and I kept going every day to play with them and most time I was performing so I became a permanent member of the team, from there my journey to play with the leather ball started as one of my friend use to go cricket coaching camp spotted me playing there and said why don't you join us. I had to talk to my friend's parents to convince my parents to join my friend and eventually I got permission. Playing 6 months in club and district cricket I was selected for state team U- 17 when I was 16 years
- Favorite Fielding Position? - Anywhere in outfield
- Best Shot - Square Cut
- Inswing or Outswing (as a bowler) - Out-swing
- Inswing or Outswing (as a batsman) - Inswing
- 50 over or T20? - 50
- Test or 50 over? - Test Cricket
- Favorite Batsman - Sir Vivian Richards
- Favorite Bowler - Wasim Akram
- Jersey Number - 99 or 03