Having spent his youth in Mumbai, Saurashtra batsman Sheldon Jackson shares a particular bond with the town. The love affair has trickled on to the cricket discipline whereas dealing with Mumbai, with Jackson scoring his fourth consecutive fifty against the home powerhouse to bail Saurashtra out of bother on the second day of a Elite Ranji Trophy conflict.
In his first six innings against Mumbai, Jackson tasted little success, tallying simply 68 runs, together with 4 single-digit scores. But ever since serving to Rest of India chase down a mammoth goal of 480 with an unbeaten 59 within the Irani Cup tie in March 2016, Jackson has discovered his mojo against Mumbai. He adopted it up with 95 and 57 on the Wankhede Stadium within the final season’s Ranji Trophy tie.
What is it about dealing with Mumbai that will get the most effective out of the seasoned batsman? “I just find them an aggressive side and I enjoy scoring against them. Maybe I haven’t got the hundreds – I had two chances but missed it – but I have scored some crucial runs against them,” Jackson informed Sportstar after his knock of 85 that tilted the stability in favour of Saurashtra.
Having crossed the 5,000-run mark in top notch cricket earlier this season, Jackson could have missed out on his third hundred of the season – and 19th general. But greater than lacking out on a ton, he was ruing his dismissal.
“More than missing out on a hundred, it would have been ideal to remain unbeaten today and take the game away from Mumbai tomorrow. Hopefully, Chirag can do that along with the lower order,” he stated.