Son of mason Sudip Gharami steals limelight in Under-19 national cricket

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Kolkata, Dec 7: Sudip Gharami does not look so attractive that everybody could spot him immediately. He comes from an impoverished childhood that it is not natural for him to build up a shiny look or create a status amongst common people.

But, Gharami, nowadays, is thronged by a formidable number of cricket fans whenever he goes to practice.

Son of a mason Sudip Gharami steals the limelight in Under 19 national cricket

It is not just the cricket fans in Kolkata, even former cricketers like VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly also stop whenever Gharami bats at the net.

Gharami has already scored 355 runs in Bengal’s three matches in the ongoing under-19 Coochbehar Trophy.

After having scored an excellent hundred against Delhi and 90 against Uttar Pradesh, Gharami struck another splendid 94 against Maharastra on Tuesday (Dec 6).

Commenting upon the talented young right-hand opening batsman legendary India cricketer VVS Laxman said,"He has everything what an opening batsman needs. He is surely an India-prospect. He needs the grooming.”

Sourav Ganguly also had a lot of praise for Gharami and said,"On the behalf of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) we will try to offer him financial support. He is very talented and he can get into the senior Bengal team anytime.”

Gharami lives in a place named Naihati in the 24 Parganas, around an hour's journey from Kolkata. He lives in a house, built of mud. His father does not have the financial strength to spend money for Gharami’s cricket gears.

His coach Debesh Chakrabarty first discovered his naturally quality as a batsman. After having struck a brilliant century in a practice match for under-16 Bengal team against Tamil Nadu Gharami’s career got off to a flying start.

However, the boy did not look ecstatic even after having heard about the appreciation from Ganguly and Laxman.

He did not discuss much about his depleted condition. The only focus Gharami has in is mind is to perform better and succeed.

He said, “Performing in the junior level has been a ladder for me. I know, nobody counts the runs, scored at the junior level. So I must have to get a place in the senior Bengal squad and then continue with similar performances as I have been doing in the under-19 level.”

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