There are a billion in this country and a large part of the population dreams of playing for the Indian cricket team one day. How do you stand out from the rest? How do you make your name come into the limelight? Taking all the ten wickets in a domestic tournament is one way you can make your name stand out.
Rajasthan's Akash Choudhary,15, has just done the same. The left-arm seamer picked all the ten wickets for his side in the Late Bhawer Singh T20 tournament. Playing for Disha Cricket Academy, Akash scalped a 10-wicket haul, bowling out his opponent Pearl Academy, who were chasing a tough 156 runs. Pearl Academy was bowled out for a paltry 36 runs in reply, thanks to Akash's brilliant spell of bowling.
In an interview given to Sportskeeda, he said, "I cannot thank God enough for this. A five-wicket haul in a T20 is possible on a good day, but a 10-wicket haul, without giving away a single run, is all luck."
“I took two wickets in the first over, another two in the second over, another two in the third over and four wickets in my last over, which included a hat-trick off the last three balls."
From India, former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble took all ten wickets in an innings against Pakistan in a Test match at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi in 1999.
How did cricket happen to him?
Akash started playing cricket because of his brother, who used to play district-level cricket in Rajasthan. He said, "My elder brother played district-level cricket in Rajasthan and that is the reason I too developed an interest in the game. He would often take me along for this matches,”
“My parents then got me enrolled at the Shardul Sports School in Bikaner. In 2014, I shifted to Jaipur to be coached by Mr Vivek Yadav at the Arawalli Cricket Club. Mr Yadav has worked with the Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Ranji Trophy team."
Zaheer Khan is role model
Akash is a left-arm seamer and his role model is one of the best left-arm fast bowlers India has produced, Zaheer Khan. "I am a huge fan of Zaheer Khan’s bowling and hope to make it as big as him one day."
Akash's next target is to make the cut into Challenger Trophy squad. He said, "I tried out for the U16 Challenger Trophy recently. Out of 1300 players, only 150 were selected for medicals, with me being one of them. From among the 150, only 90 players will be selected for the Challenger Trophy and I am hoping to make the cut.”;
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