Assam cricketer, as soon as a web bowler for Workforce India, now sells tea for survival


Prakash Bhagat, who was bowling to the Indian batsmen within the nets in early 2000s, is struggling for survival in 2021.

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Motera Cricket Stadium. (Photograph Supply: Twitter)

Cricket has made careers and fortunes for some individuals of India. The rags to riches story are one thing that everybody has come to be aware of, particularly it revolves round Indian cricket. Nevertheless, there are numerous such unpopular tales that depict the darker aspect of this maniac success which some gamers obtain. 

One such story is of the left-arm spinner Prakash Bhagat, who as soon as referred to as in by the Indian workforce gamers simply replicate the motion of New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori. Bhagat’s motion had an uncanny similarity with that of the Blackcaps spinners and he was referred to as to the Nationwide Cricket Academy (NCA) to have a bowl. Sadly, in 2021, he’s struggling to make ends meet. 

The story dates again to 2002-03 when the Assam spinner bought a name from the NCA. He was requested to report back to Bangalore instantly the place the Indian workforce below the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly was making ready for his or her New Zealand tour. The Indian skipper needed a left-arm spinner, whose bowling was much like Vettori, and needed his batters to face him and put together higher for the New Zealander. 

Will always remember my expertise of bowling to Sourav Ganguly: Prakash Bhagat

In an unique interplay with the Occasions of India, Bhagat, who’s now 34 years outdated, revealed what he fabricated from Sourav Ganguly. “I’ll always remember my expertise of bowling to Sourav Ganguly. He was wanting to face the challenges I’d put ahead with my bowling. He gave me many ideas additionally,” Bhagat stated. 

The rationale for his NCA invitation needed to do with Bhagat performances in and across the time. He had created an affect within the U-17 Vijay Service provider Trophy. Whereas enjoying for Assam towards Bihar, he took seven scalps, which included a hat-trick as nicely. He performed in all-age group tournaments in Assam and continued making an affect and identify within the state’s native tournaments. 

He lastly bought an opportunity to play in Ranji Trophy cricket for Assam. He performed for his state in two seasons, 2009-10 and 2010-11. He additionally appeared in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. In 2011, he misplaced his father and the household accountability got here on him and his elder brother. He began working in his brother’s tea store in Silchar. Within the pandemic, with individuals avoiding meals from outdoors, their revenue dried up. 

Sharing his present scenario, Bhagat stated, “What do I say? The actual fact is that we’ve all the time been dwelling hand to mouth however now it has gone even worse. No matter we earn from the stall is hardly sufficient to even handle two meals a day. My teammates from the state with whom I shared the dressing room have all bought authorities jobs and are well-settled whereas we wrestle on daily basis.”

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