Pravin Tambe believes in patience. The leg-spinner waited patiently before making his Ranji debut at 42.
Much was expected in his maiden first-class match after he got the ball on Day Two on Sunday.
But he disappointed in the first innings with figures of 8-1-42-0 as Mumbai bowled out Orissa for 256, in reply to Mumbai’s first innings total of 501.
Seamer Javed Khan picked up 4/53 while Shardul Thakur scalped 3/54. For the visitors, Natraj Behera was the lone man to wage a battle, scoring a polished 130. Not bogged down by an ordinary start, Tambe knew he would get another opportunity as Mumbai enforced follow-on after taking 245-run first innings lead. medium-pacers were not as effective as they were in the morning.
Tambe changed ends and got dividends from the press box end. He broke a growing partnership between Podder and Girjia Rout by finding the edge of the former into Tare’s gloves. His second victim was Rout who stepped him out to get stumped.
Tambe looked pleased with his second innings effort of 15-5-52-2. “There was no pressure on me. I did not do well in the first innings, but I knew if I bowled in the right areas I would get the wickets. The only thing was I needed to be patient,” he said.