Siddhesh Lad, Mumbai cricket’s ‘crisis man’, likely to join Arjun Tendulkar and play for Goa

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Mumbai middle-order batsman Siddhesh Lad, 30, has applied for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to allow him to play for a new state in the upcoming domestic season. If all goes well, Lad says that he will represent the neighboring state of Goa. Lad will be the second player after Indian Sachin icon Arjun Tendulkar to play for Goa.

A few days ago, Tendulkar Jr had also decided to move to Goa for more opportunities.

“It was an honor to represent Mumbai for almost a decade. I feel like it’s time to explore more opportunities that come my way. I would also like to thank MCA, all the support staff and players who have been a part of my journey with MCA,” Lad told The Indian Express. “Some teams have [shown interest] but I am in talks with Goa at the moment.”

Lad played 61 first class games, scoring 4058 runs at an average of 40. He hit 1140 runs in 39 List A games, scoring 842 runs at 24. He was also part of the Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders team.

Lad has been part of one Ranji Trophy and two Vijay Hazare Trophy winning squads for Mumbai. His place seemed in doubt after the selectors decided to give chances to more youngsters waiting in the wings. He did not find a place in the Mumbai red team after the pandemic.

He was part of the Mumbai team at the Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2021, but was unable to convert his starts into big scores.

Lad explained that it was a difficult decision to leave a state where he has played all his cricket. He is the son of Dinesh Lad who has coached such Indian players as Rohit Sharma and Shardul Thakur.

“The memories are endless, but lifting the Ranji Trophy is surely the best memory. Yes, it will be difficult (playing for some other state), but I am ready to accept the challenge,” says Lad.