His is what one can call a rags to riches story. Rohit Sharma who made a quick 62 and was the only one in the India A squad to go for the big one at the mammoth Sheikh Zayed Stadium that eventually led to India A victory against Pakistan A, has virtually risen to the peak from the ashes.
“Forget cricket, I had a problem generating money for my school fees and now I am here playing for India, this is more than just a dream come true for me,” said the youngster who is celebrating his 19th birthday on Sunday. “I started off playing cricket on the streets and gradually I got better and better. Then my D-day came in 1999, when my uncle Shekhar sent me to a camp. There I got to hone my skills. My school Swami Vivekanand also did a lot for me. In fact the director of the school Yogesh Patel arranged the scholarship for my study,” said Rohit who lives in MHB Complex in Borivali.
“I stay with my uncle Manohar, there.” Asked why so, as his parents are based in the same city in Dombivali. “That was the wish of my grandfather, as I was the first born in the family of six brothers.”If it was not for the financial support of my uncle Manohar I would not have been here,” he added. But now that he has made it this far, he has become a hero for his friends and others in his colony. “They (colony members) would have put giant screen in the ground nearby for this match. “They did so in the finals of the Under-19 World Cup but I got out early so their effort was wasted.”
Asked if he had called back home to let his uncle and parents (Gurunath — father and Purnima) know about his impressive knock. “No, I did not, I was tired, but I will call up soon, in any case they would have seen the match on the giant screen.” About his performances against Pakistan he said, “This is my third match against them. Before the Under-19 World Cup, I had played against them in a U-17 Asia Cup final in Bangalore.” He had all praises for his skipper Venugopala Rao.
“Like all youngsters I too would charge down the ticket on every ball. He told me to be patient and it has actually worked in my favour as it is very difficult to score quickly in international match. It’s okay when you are playing at school level.” No doubt, the young lad has learnt a great deal from his captain, for the man played the role of a sheet anchor against Pakistan on Friday, but of course he did not forget to hit a lose ball that came his way.
Source: India SportsMore on:Abu Dhabi, Asia Cup, Bangalore, Eurasia Cup, Pakistan, Rohit Sharma
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