After a chart-topping season, Garstang is delighted to announce the re-signing of their Indian star, Punit Bisht, for the 2020 season.
Bisht was the Northern ECB Premier League’s leading run-scorer hitting 3 centuries amongst his 831 runs at 55.40. He struck a full-season tally of 1,600 runs at 53.33 with 6 centuries.
Ranji Trophy run machine
The diminutive wicket-keeper batsman, who has played over 200 domestic matches over the past decade, joined Garstang following an exceptional season for Meghayla.
Bisht struck two centuries amongst 502 runs at 71.71 to finish third on the run-charts – behind Indian stars Abhinhav Mukund (560 runs) and Gautam Gambhir (518 runs). He then churned out the runs in the Ranji Trophy, to include huge centuries against Uttarakhand (154) and his record-breaking 343 against Sikkim amongst his 892 runs at 89.20.
After his incredible 2018/19 season, Bisht now boasts upwards of 400 dismissals and 6,000 plus runs with 10 centuries, including highest scores of 223* (vs Baroda in 2011/12) and 343 (vs Sikkim in 2018/19).
Punit’s domestic journey
Whilst Bisht boasts a highest score of 343, his 223* was a quite spectacular innings. Bisht walked in at number 7 to bat, Delhi were reeling at 74 for 5. He shared a brilliant partnership with Mithun Manhas and ended with 223 runs from 290 balls – an innings that featured 30 fours and 2 sixes.
His triple century became the highest Ranji Trophy score from a designated wicket-keeper – his 343 against Sikkim included 53 fours and a solitary six, scored from only 332 balls, helping his Meghayla side to a mammoth 826/7.
Prior to his double ton, Bisht was already a prominent keeper/bat on the domestic circuit. In 2009/10, his breath-through season in the Ranji Trophy (543 runs at 67.87) drew IPL attention and he was rewarded with a contract with the Delhi Daredevils for the 2012 edition. He also earned an outing for North Zone in the Duldeep Trophy.
Unfortunately, he failed to gain higher honours and, after a long association with Delhi, including 63 Ranji matches, 2,081 runs at 27.74, he moved clubs in 2016/17, to take on a leadership role at J&K (Jammu & Kashmir). He was an integral performer for J&K, averaging well over 30, including 42.42 with his fifth first-class century (115) in 2017/18, before his move to Nagaland, then Meghalya last summer.
His 2020 return
Bisht is eager to impress in domestic cricket in 2019/20 before re-joining his adopted English club for his second stint in 2020.