Young Mumbai cricketer Suryansh Shedge has emerged in the spotlight after being chosen as the replacement for injured fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat in the Lucknow Super Giants’ (LSG) squad for the remaining matches of IPL 2023. The announcement was made by the IPL franchise, stating that Shedge will join the team for a sum of INR 20 lakh.
Shedge, a 20-year-old all-rounder, hails from Mumbai and is yet to make his international debut. He predominantly bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium pace. Although he was included in Mumbai’s 17-member Ranji Trophy squad for the 2022-23 season, he did not get the opportunity to play for the senior Mumbai side in either the Ranji Trophy or the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
In the BCCI Men’s U25 State A Trophy held in December last year, Shedge showcased his skills by scoring 184 runs in eight matches, including two half-centuries, and claiming 12 dismissals with the ball for the Mumbai U25 side.
Shedge’s cricketing prowess was evident from a young age. At just 13 years old, he made headlines by smashing 326 runs off 137 balls for Gundesha Education Academy (Kandivali) in a Giles Shield match against SPSS Mumbadevi Niketan (Borivali) in the Mumbai U14 school tournament.
Throughout Mumbai’s local tournaments from March 2016 to April 2017, Shedge accumulated an impressive record. According to Cricket Graph, he scored 3502 runs in 58 matches, including 21 fifties and 11 hundreds.
Rajesh Pawar, the head coach of Mumbai’s U-25 team, has high praise for Shedge, describing him as a match-winner and the future of Mumbai cricket in the domestic circuit. Pawar credits the selectors for giving Shedge an opportunity at the right time and believes in his ability to contribute significantly to the team’s success.
Suryansh Shedge comes from a supportive family background. His father, Prashant Shedge, holds the position of group marketing head at Wockhardt Hospitals, while his mother, Priyadarshini Shedge, previously worked in the banking sector at HSBC and Citibank. Priyadarshini made the decision to prioritize her son’s cricket training, emphasizing the family’s commitment to his cricketing journey.