Feels good but life hasn`t changed much, says Ibrahim Khaleel
New Delhi: Life has not changed much for Hyderabad stumper Ibrahim Khaleel, who has set a new record in first-class cricket by effecting 14 dismissals in a match, against Assam.
On Tuesday, Khaleel claimed the world record for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in a first class game as he snared 14 victims (11 catches and 3 stumpings) in Hyderabad`s Ranji Trophy Plate Group match in Guwahati.
The previous mark of 13 dismissals was set by Zimbabwe`s Wayne James, who claimed 11 catches and effected two stumpings when playing for Matabeleland against Mashonaland in 1995-96.
"Actually when the match ended (Hyderabad won by an innings and 78 runs) we all thought that it was an Indian record. But then we checked the internet and saw that it`s a record in first-class cricket.
"Feels good that I would be associated with something that would make me feel proud as a cricketer," the articulate Khaleel said from his Hyderabad residence.
But the 29-year-old was quick to point out that life has not changed much after the record.
"I got a congratulatory message from my Hyderabad and India teammate Pragyan Ojha. It felt nice and few more congratulatory calls. Nothing much and I don`t think life would change much because of one performance," Khaleel sounded every bit practical.
The Hyderabad team has been at receiving end for the past two seasons whether their ignominious 21 all-out against Rajasthan last season or being shot out for 54 this season but Khaleel feels that things will change.
"Definitely, we had some disappointing outings but hope my performance and the big win changes things for us. But we have also created some records like highest runs in one innings of Ranji Trophy (over 900)."
He lost two precious years by moving to ICL but Khaleel does not like looking back on the past.
"That was a decision I took then and no point thinking about it now. I have moved on in life. I play the game because I enjoy it and not for anything else," was his forthright statement.
He had a contract with Mumbai Indians for a season but he did not have any contract last season.
"I know at times it`s difficult for domestic players but can`t really lose sleep over not getting an IPL contract," he signed off.