Bishoo gets the big wicket and gets autographed ball too

Durban, South Africa: Davendra Bishoo had a dream. The young leg-spinner from Guyana was thinking that some day he could "knock over" over Sachin Tendulkar. That dream came true on Thursday as Guyana opposed Mumbai Indians in their Airtel Champions League Tournament match at  Kingsmead in Durban.

The 24-year-old sent down a quick leg-break. Tendulkar charged down the pitch and missed. Wicket-keeper Derwin Christian was alert and pulled off a smart stumping. For Bishoo it was the magic moment of his fledgling career.
Guyana lost the match by 31 runs, but Bishoo came away with the prized scalp. He ended with 3-34 from his four overs as Mumbai amassed 184-4 off their 20 overs. After the match Tendulkar signed the match ball and handed it over to an elated Bishoo – a wonderful gift for the young man from Berbice.

“It was really great to get the wicket of the ‘big man’. So far, that's my biggest wicket by a long, long way. Before the match I was talking to some of the guys in the team and they were telling me what a major challenge it would be to bowl to Sachin. They told me to be confident and to stick to my plans. They gave me the confidence,” Bishoo said.

“I was not nervous ... I had the self-belief that I could get his wicket. Before I got the wicket I could see he wanted to come after me. He started to come down the pitch and I knew I had a chance. All along I was thinking I had to contain him ... the first two balls he was going after me. I had to try to contain him. When I got him stumped it felt really, really good. Christian did a very good job behind [the stumps].”

After the game Tendulkar approached Bishoo and offered to sign the ball. Bishoo said: “It is something I will cherish. I will keep it in a very special place. It was totally unexpected. It caught me by surprise.”

The match was Guyana’s second defeat but on this occasion they played much better than the opening match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Bishoo said the team is feeling more comfortable and will give it their all in the upcoming matches.

“I will continue to try my best ... I will continue to give my all for my country. We have two more matches in the first round and we are looking to win both. We believe we can win and we still have an outside chance of making the semi-finals,” Bishoo said. “I’m feeling comfortable. The ball is spinning and I’m getting bounce.”