My cricket passion was inspired by the bowlers like Allan Donald, Glenn McGrath, Shoaib Akhtar, Brett Lee and batsman like Sachin Tendulkar. At the age of 12 I joined the DCA (District Cricket Association), to achive my fitness, early morning; I used to run 10 rounds of our stadium (aprox 2.5 km) and was an average bowler.
In the friendly matches I used to do the opening bowling for my team. When I was 14, I started work out in Gyms, this helped me in getting speed for my bowling and I also learned how to bowl bouncers by then.
My dedication for the sport usually gave me the opportunity to be opening bowler for my team in the friendly matches. I was one of the highest wicket taker hence my carrier was more incline towards bowling, my passion for batting was lower however I still used to bat at number 5 or so.
I played my first state level match at the age of 14 and second at the age of 16. I was part of the under-17 Raipur divisional team and had my best bowling speed of my carrier of 130km/hr, played against Bhopal. During all this period I gave my 100% to this sport.
At the age of 18, I was suppose to start with University matches, however this clashed with my CA entrance exams. My father was my biggest supporter and wanted me to be a cricketer. My learning from cricket of sportsmanship, dedication, confidence, winning spirit, never lets me loose hope.
I am a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary today, however before all this, I am a Cricketer. I feel happy to see few of my friends playing Ranji and IPL and feel proud to have played with them.