18 June, 2021

Rescue Kit Of Willow, Leather And Passion

The IPL has magnified manifold the classic tale of talented cricketers heaving themselves out of lives bordering on poverty

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Left, Rinku Singh with his family at his home in Aligarh; and Manzoor Ahmed Dar with his parents at his village Shigan Pora, near Srinagar
Photograph by Jitender Gupta & Javed Ahmad
Rescue Kit Of Willow, Leather And Passion

Sporting excellence delivers social mobility, and concurrent fame, like no orthodox profession can. Consequently, many cri­cket-obsessed teenagers from underprivileged backgro­u­nds in the sub-continent have dre­a­med of excelling at the game, making a name and, in the T20 context, earn a quick buck. Some made it to the top, while others fell by the wayside, for different reasons, after showing initial promise. In IPL, players like pacers Kamran Khan (Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors), Nathu Singh (Gujarat Lions and Mumbai Indians), and Thangarasu Natarajan (Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad) have either tasted moderate success or have fizzled out.

Video interview: Jitender Gupta; Editing: Suraj Wadhwa

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