Bengal all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed earned praise from fans for his outstanding performance in the 2023 Vijay Hazare Trophy (VHT) quarter-final against Haryana. Fans commended Shahbaz’s century (100 off 118 balls), which played a pivotal role in turning the match in Bengal’s favour.

Bengal faced a challenging situation at 70/3 when Shahbaz entered the crease. Haryana’s spin duo, Yuzvendra Chahal and Nishant Sindhu had the upper hand, maintaining tight lines and lengths. Shahbaz exhibited a composed approach, stabilizing the innings by selectively scoring boundaries while wickets fell at the other end.

Forming crucial partnerships with Karan Lal and Pradipta Pramanik, Shahbaz took charge of the strike, gradually building momentum before unleashing his batting prowess in the final three overs. His well-timed double against Rahul Tewatia in the last over secured his century, but he got out two balls later. Bengal concluded their innings at 225/10.

This century marked Shahbaz’s third List-A hundred, showcasing his consistency and ability to play the role of a savior for Bengal across different formats. Fans, however, didn’t miss the opportunity to criticize Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for trading Shahbaz to SunRisers Hyderabad in exchange for uncapped all-rounder Mayank Dagar.

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