In-form Indian batter, Jay Bista, is set to return to the Netherlands for a third stint this summer.
Former Mumbai, now Uttarakhand run machine
Bista is an absolute run machine who moved to play for Uttarakhand earlier this year, following 63 matches for Mumbai dating back to his debut in November 2015.
He has starred for his new State, hitting 217 runs at 54.25 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T20), before opening his 50-over campaign (Vijay Hazare Trophy) with scores of 141 (v Meghalaya), and 71 (v Manipur).
The first Nepalese player to represent Mumbai
Prior to his move, Bista represented the powerhouse Mumbai side, playing alongside some superstars of the game.
During his 5 seasons with Mumbai, he was a stand-out performer, playing over 60 matches.
He impressed across all formats, hitting 4 Ranji Trophy centuries amongst 1,486 runs at 33.02 in first-class, alongside 449 runs at 34.53 and 685 runs at 34.25 in List A and T20 matches, respectively.
Whilst known for his batting, Bista has proved a useful bowler too, with 20 wickets to his name including career-best figures of 5-16 in first-class cricket.
Bista, who hails from Dhangadhi in Nepal, was the first person of Nepalese origin to play for Mumbai. He represented Mumbai through the age-groups and has made quite a name for himself in recent years. After being dropped from the Ranji Trophy squad for apparently churning out underwhelming performances, he scored century after century for Mumbai Under-23 at the Col C. K. Nayudu Trophy. His tally of 1,081 runs (at 108.10 with 5 centuries) – the highest in the tournament – propelled the team to win the prestigious trophy.
A week later, he was rightfully rewarded with a place in Mumbai’s Irani Cup squad. There, he carted Rest of India’s Jaydev Unadkat, Krishna Das, Ankit Rajpoot, Stuart Binny, and Jayant Yadav — in the presence of chief selector Sandeep Patil — to all corners of the Brabourne Stadium to conjure a 90-ball 104, inclusive of 15 fours and a six. He also scored a breezy 38 in the second innings.
Bista bombs England to all parts
Four days later, and at the same venue, Bista almost floored the England team with his fearless stroke play.
Turning out for a Mumbai Cricket Association XI also comprising — funnily enough — four English players in James Vince, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, and David Willey against, a strong English side, Bista scored an enterprising 51 (37 balls, 5×4, 2×6), battering the likes of Reece Topley, Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes and Liam Plunkett to all parts.
The following season (2017/18), Bista enjoyed his most prolific Ranji Trophy campaign to date, scoring 2 centuries amongst 332 runs at 55.33, then followed up with 443 runs at 34.07 in 2018/19. The run machine has also impressed in the shorter formats, albeit has yet to gain the attention of IPL sides, thus enabling him to play the last two seasons abroad.
A stand-out in Holland
He has been a stand-out in the Dutch Topklasse Competition for H.V. & C.V. Quick, featuring amongst the leading run-scorers in both 2018 (863 runs at 47.94) and 2019 (625 runs at 44.64) seasons respectively, not to mention his fair share of wickets.
Jay returns for 2021
The hardcore Mumbaikar is quite the prospect who, after missing out on a spot for the 2020 IPL, was set to embark on his maiden UK league stint in 2020. However, COVID struck, and the club was unable to defer the agreement to 2021 due to the financial impact of the pandemic.
Wem’s loss has been Hermes-DVS’s gain, as the in-form run machine has been swiftly snapped to return to the Netherlands for a third stint in 2021.